U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg issued a ruling today (opinion and order) on the Dakota Access Pipeline requiring that the parties finalize an oil-spill response plan for the areas under and near Lake Oahe; engage an independent engineering company to re-evaluate the easement conditions and regulations; and submit bi-monthly reports on the status of the roughly 1,000 feet of pipeline crossing about 100 feet below the Lake.
The GAIN Coalition issued the following statement in response, which can be attributed to Craig Stevens, spokesman for the coalition.
“While Judge Boasberg’s order was largely unnecessary, it is certainly reasonable. The ultimate goal of pipelines is to transport product safely. The Dakota Access Pipeline is among the safest pipelines ever constructed, including extra-thick walled pipe under the lake. The line is monitored around the clock and can be shut down within minutes of a drop in oil pressure. These highly sophisticated engineering and monitoring procedures ensure that the oil is transported in the safest, most environmentally sensitive way possible.”