Trump Reeling: Court Shuts Down Useless Dakota Pipeline

  • American Indian tribes have fought oil project for years
  • Judge previously found environmental law violations

Bloomberg Law: The Dakota Access pipeline must shut down by Aug. 5, a district court ruled Monday in a stunning defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry.

The decision is a momentous win for American Indian tribes that have opposed the Energy Transfer Partners LP project for years. It comes just a day after developers scuttled another project, the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline, after years of legal delays.

Pipeline opponents have increasingly taken to the courts to oppose fossil fuel infrastructure projects, claiming at least three big victories this year.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said a crucial federal permit for Dakota Access fell too far short of National Environmental Policy Act requirements to allow the pipeline to continue operating while regulators conduct a broader analysis the court ordered in a previous decision.

The ruling scraps a critical permit from the Army Corps of Engineers and requires the pipeline to end its three-year run of delivering oil from North Dakota shale fields to an Illinois oil hub. Judge James E. Boasberg said Dakota Access must shut down the pipeline and empty it of oil by Aug. 5.

“Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline,” tribal Chairman Mike Faith said in a statement. “This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning.”

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  1. This was the worst case of environmental racism in US history. The Army was going to revoke the permit before Trump took over, citing special consideration of the US Armies long historical abuses of Natives. The Army Secretary was fired and replaced, and that was the only reason this thing pumped any oil. So, it is a victory for many people, including every US person that has fought against Bully corporations that ram these things through and could give a crap about property rights and treaties. The peoples integrity relies on Honoring our treaties and agreements. check out oil dump whistleblower veteran John Bolenbaugh.

  2. Hoorah!
    The entire US continent should be returned to the Native American indian tribes as soon as possible….exactly as the entire state if Israel should be returned to Palestinians.
    If people want to stay on the land they “own” they will need to work out a rental deal with their new landlords.
    Only the descendents of slaves in USA will be allowed into the military and police forces too….
    Vote konehead party 2020!

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