GAIN Statement on Judge Boasberg Decision to Allow DAPL to Remain Open

“Judge Boasberg’s thoughtful decision to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to remain open as the Army Corps of Engineers completes its work reaffirms the rule of law in this case.  He, again, meticulously reviewed the relevant facts and case law and found, again, that the Army Corps’ process has – and continues to be – sufficiently thorough.  The Corps spent nearly three years and countless staff hours in due diligence to respect the regulatory process.  That their ongoing work, the Corps’ concedes, will take several months longer than initially estimated underscores the painstaking efforts of these highly skilled and dedicated public servants.  While, we have little doubt that those who oppose this lawfully permitted project will continue their legal efforts to shut down the line, we’re heartened that we are one step closer to finality.  Today’s ruling is not a only a win for the Dakota Access Pipeline, but also for all major interstate infrastructure projects currently under construction or consideration.”

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