A partial win today in court in Washington DC today for opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline. An appeals court upheld a federal district court ruling that the US Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act by issuing an easement for the pipeline under the Missouri River without preparing an
environmental impact statement despite substantial criticisms
from Indian Tribes.
The appeals court today affirmed the lower court’s order vacating the
easement while the Corps prepares an environmental impact
However it reversed the lower court’s order “to the extent it directed that the pipeline be shut down and emptied of oil.”
The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline sparked numerous protests — some of them violent — near the construction site and led to numerous arrests. The line was built to carry shale oil from the Bakken formation in northwest North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a terminal in Illinois.