Today the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ environmental study of the Dakota Access Pipeline will take an additional three weeks to complete. According to attorneys for the Justice Department, the Corps needs more time to review information provided by DAPL developer, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Back in June 2017, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Corps did not fully consider the potential impacts of an oil spill in the Missouri River, ordering the Corps to perform another environmental impact analysis. Currently the Dakota Access Pipeline is still operational as the Corps completes its job reaffirming the rule of law in this case.
We commend the Corps for devoting the necessary time and effort towards completing a thorough environmental study of the pipeline. Despite numerous legal challenges, the Corps’ diligence in its review – as well as the responsible construction and operation of Dakota Access – remain clear. GAIN looks forward to reviewing the results of the assessment and settling this matter in order to continue promoting energy infrastructure throughout the country.