Protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline outside of the Lakota Sioux reservation of Standing Rock, North Dakota, on Dec. 4, 2016. Long-running case centers on federal approvals for oil project
Lawyers appeared remotely for hearing due to coronavirus
American Indian tribes on Wednesday renewed their calls for a federal court to halt the embattled Dakota Access pipeline, which has now been pumping oil for nearly three years.
Lawyers for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others appeared by phone in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, squaring off against the Army Corps of Engineers and pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners LP in the latest round of litigation over the project.
The proceeding is one of few moving forward at the district court in the coming weeks, as hearing schedules have been adjusted to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
Judge James E. Boasberg has already ordered the Army Corps to take a closer look at the pipeline’s impacts once. The tribes argued Wednesday that the additional court-ordered analysis is still insufficient. They’re calling on the court to toss federal approvals—a move that could take it out of service.
Government and industry lawyers, in turn, urged Boasberg to take a “big picture” approach and find that the updated study adequately addresses the court’s previous concerns.The judge said he expects to issue a decision rapidly, within about 10 days.A ruling for the government and Dakota Access would close out district court litigation that’s been inching forward since 2016. A ruling for the tribes […]