The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s continuing legal battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline advanced today with a motion for summary judgment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Jan Hasselman, the lead Earthjustice attorney representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their lawsuit against the Army Corps, explains the significance of this legal development.
What action did the Tribe take today?
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe remains at risk of an oil spill from the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), a major crude oil pipeline that is now operational and crossing the Tribe’s unceded ancestral homelands.
On Aug. 16, 2019, the Tribe filed a motion for summary judgment with the Court essentially asking the judge to resolve the Tribe’s legal challenges to federal permits, and demonstrating why DAPL needs to be shut down until the government has conducted a full-fledged environmental analysis and studied alternative pipeline routes.
In this motion, the Tribe explains how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers based its conclusions on the risks of an oil spill on hopelessly flawed science, and lays out why the process was inconsistent with laws and policies requiring federal agencies to consult with Indian Tribes when decisions are made that affect their resources.