Army Corp of Engineers shortcut environmental review;
Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which was hastily issued by the Army Corp of Engineers after the Trump administration issued a “presidential memo“, just days after the inauguration, it directed the Army Corps to issue the easement to the extent allowed by law, and to the extent warranted. By bowing to this political pressure the ACoE violated the law in certain critical respects.