As part of the litigation, a federal judge in June 2017 ruled that the Standing Rock crossing was unlawfully approved. The decision determined that the Army Corps took action without considering all of the concerns the tribes raised, including threats to their water supply and treaty rights. Following another internal review, the Army Corps arrived at the same conclusion and approved the final easement. But in June 2020, Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., once again said the process was flawed and ordered oil to stop flowing pending a full environmental impact statement into the portion at Lake Oahe. The Army Corps and the wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline appealed Boasberg’s ruling to the D.C. Circuit. The higher court lifted the shutdown order while the case was being reviewed. Oral arguments took place on November 4, 2020, resulting in the new decision on Tuesday.
I stood with protestors at Standing Rock demanding to protect sacred land & water resources from being exploited. This decision is an important marker in our fight to protect communities from water contamination & our environment. #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife https://t.co/aetOx5RWEb— Rep. Deb Haaland (@RepDebHaaland) July 6, 2020
GOOD NEWS:— indianz.com (@indianz) January 26, 2021
Federal appeals court affirms full environmental impact statement for Dakota Access Pipeline.
Federal appeals court affirms won't require shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline pending study.
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling preserves status quo.#NoDAPL pic.twitter.com/dJMDran7iy
From D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in #NoDAPL case:— indianz.com (@indianz) January 26, 2021
"We agree with the district court that the Corps acted unlawfully … But we reverse the court’s order to the extent it directed that the pipeline be shut down and emptied of oil."
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