Latest chapter in legal battle against DAPL coincides with pipeline operator’s bid to double pipeline capacity
Washington, D.C. —
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s continuing legal battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) advanced today with a motion for summary judgment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
The Tribe’s brief recounts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ failure to meaningfully respond to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s concerns throughout the remand process, in violation of federal environmental law. The Corps completely shut the Tribe out of the process, refusing to share technical information prepared by DAPL, and ignored extensive technical input from the Tribe showing that DAPL’s estimates of an oil spill risk were gravely underestimated.
Today, the Tribe asks the Court to vacate an easement that was granted to allow pipeline construction. This would effectively halt Dakota Access Pipeline operations while the Corps conducted a full-fledged environmental review.
At the same time, the Tribe is gearing up to respond to a new proposal by Dakota Access LLC to double the flow of oil through the pipeline from 570,000 to 1.1 million barrels per day, with the construction of new pumping facilities. Doubling the pipeline capacity would dramatically increase risks to the Tribe, which continue to go unexamined by the Corps. The Tribe has requested that the North Dakota Public Service Commission hold a public hearing on the expansion.