- Title: U.S. court orders Dakota Access oil pipeline to be shut, emptied
- Date: 6th July 2020
- Summary: STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, NORTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES (FILE - SEPTEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF THE EXPANSIVE LAND OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, WHOSE PEOPLE DECRY THAT THE PROPOSED ROUTE OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE WILL UNEARTH ANCESTRAL BURIAL GROUNDS CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PROJECT ON A DISTANT RIDGE OVERLOOKING THE CANNON BALL RIVER CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES (FILE - SEPTEMBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) WIDESHOT PIPELINE PROTEST CAMP WITH THE CONFLUENCE OF THE CANNON BALL RIVER AND THE MISSOURI RIVER IN THE BACKGROUND NATIVE AMERICAN MEN, LED BY IVAN BENDER, CHANTING A SONG AND PLAYING WITH RATTLES AT A GATHERING OF NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES HELD IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE PEOPLE LINING UP TO GREET TRIBAL ELDERS NATIVE AMERICAN MAN AND DAUGHTER RIDING A HORSE IN THE PROTEST CAMP HILLTOP PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE PIPELINE PROTEST CAMP DOTTED WITH HUNDREDS OF TENTS WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FILE - SEPTEMBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS OUTSIDE OF WHITE HOUSE HOLDING BANNER READING: OBAMA: STOP DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE BANNER HELD BY PROTESTER READING: RESIST DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE ZOOM OUT ON PROTESTERS OUTSIDE OF WHITE HOUSE MEMBERS OF KIOWA NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE SINGING SONG IN SUPPORT OF PROTESTERS IN NORTH DAKOTA PROTESTERS IN AUDIENCE CLAPPING SIGN HELD UP BY PROTESTER THAT READS: "STOP THE CORPORATE RAPE OF OUR LAND AND RIVERS" WOMAN PERFORMING TRADITIONAL DANCE
- Embargoed: 20th July 2020 16:11
- Keywords: Dakota pipeline Pipeline decision Standing Rock Trump pipeline court pipeline pipeline protests
- Location: MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA / STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, NORTH DAKOTA / CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA / WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES
- City: MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA / STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, NORTH DAKOTA / CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA / WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA002CLOA9TZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Energy Transfer LP's 570,000 barrel-per-day Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL) must be shut down and emptied in 30 days, a U.S. district court ordered on Monday (July 6), dealing the biggest regulatory blow to the controversial project since its startup in 2017.
The court cited an error by the Army Corp of Engineers under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and that a simple fix was impossible.
DAPL is the largest pipeline running out of North Dakota's Bakken shale basin and Native American tribes and environmental groups have long protested the line's construction.
"Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline," said Chairman Mike Faith of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning."
The ruling is a blow to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, which has sought to accelerate pipeline construction by cutting the red tape and environmental and community review processes that typically slow down projects.
The administration's effects have so far had little impact on large, controversial projects and the latest DAPL order pushes decisions about the future of the pipeline to the next administration.
Energy Transfer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Production: Kevin Fogarty, Scott Vaughan)
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