Tue., July 18, 2017
Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study.
Developer Energy Transfer Partners also is asking U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to keep the line open, saying a shutdown would cost the Texas-based company $90 million each month.
Standing Rock attorney Jan Hasselman in an interview said the comments indicate the Corps plans to “simply paper over the existing decision.” He called for shutting down the pipeline and bringing in independent experts as “the only way to ensure the integrity of this new process.”
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