More Lobbyists To Be Involved with Dakota Access Pipeline Decision
Judge James Boasberg said he might also allow other national energy and manufacturing groups to weigh in on the final decision about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribal representatives and attorneys have voiced no objection to this decision. As those of you have followed this controversy involving the Dakota Access Pipeline may know, US District Judge James Boasberg has already ruled that he may stop the flow of oil through the pipeline.
Judge Boasberg has already ruled that the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux nation may not have been properly considered in the decision to go forward with the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe says that this pipeline violates their tribal sovereignty by being built across sacred lands, but also threatens the tribe’s water supply. Judge Boasberg is also the judge to refuse to stop the construction of the pipeline in the first place. This entire mess would have been solved at that time if Judge Boasberg would have shown some guts to stand up to the oil industry, especially Energy Transfer Partners.
These latter two points should be a no-brainer for anyone who has followed the controversy surrounding the building of the pipeline. In fact, the wishes of the Standing Rock Sioux nation have been trampled, let alone violated. The pipeline is built across a land that is considered sacred and undoubtedly threatens their water supply because it is built under a lake which supplies the tribe with potable water. This is something that Judge Boasberg should have seen from the beginning. I believe he actually did see this but chose to look the other way as the tribe’s rights were being given no consideration by anyone.
It seems that it is rather late to consider the needs of the Standing Rock Sioux since the Dakota Access Pipeline has already been built and has had oral flowing through it since June 1. Where was Judge Boasberg then when he would have done some good on behalf of the tribe?
If anything, Judge Boasberg should give a ruling that would allow more pro-alternative energy advocates to have a voice in a matter that threatens the ecology of this entire region. It seems like it is a little late to involve anyone after the pipeline has always been built and is in use. This entire thing reminds me of the old saying about closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.
If the US District Court Judge Boasberg makes any type of ruling, it should be for the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline. However, since that will cost these already wealthy oil companies more money, that is very unlikely.