The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today reiterated its position with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding the continued operations of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Corps stated opponents have “not met the applicable standard” required for injunction to be granted to shutter DAPL, and that “the Corps is not aware of information that would cause it to evaluate the injunction factors differently than in its previous filing.” The Corps estimates the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be completed in March of 2022.
Below is a statement that can be attributed to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the GAIN Coalition:
“When politics is set aside and science allowed to lead, the Dakota Access pipeline withstands every single challenge – a reality that today’s Army Corps of Engineers’ filing reinforced. The engineers who designed the line, the geologists who helped site it, and the skilled labor who assembled it – all experts in their field – produced one the safest, most technologically-advanced pipelines in the history of the world.
“The extra thick-walled pipeline, which is buried more than 90 feet below the Missouri River and located 75 miles north of the nearest potable water intake, meets or exceeds all federal standards and has been safely operating for nearly four years. It is a critical component of our nation’s energy infrastructure and important to our nation’s energy and national security.
“We applaud the Army Corps of Engineers’ continued steadfast, science-based approach to the Dakota Access pipeline, and look forward to its completion of the EIS.”