A Setback For the Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Judge will not shut down Dakota Access pipeline during new review | TheHill

Judge will not shut down Dakota Access pipeline during new review | TheHill

A Setback For the Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline suffered a defeat in court today when US District Judge James Boasberg ruled against the prospect of shutting down the pipeline. It was a possibility that Judge Rosenberg might rule that the Dakota Access Pipeline should be shut down during an environmental review. A few months ago, this same judge ruled that a previous environmental review was done improperly and that its results should be nullified. At that time, he ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers must complete another environmental review.

Originally, Judge Boasberg ruled that a previous environmental rule does not take into consideration how the Dakota Access Pipeline would affect tribal water supplies and tribal religious considerations. That ruling was considered a major victory for opponents of the controversial and much contested Dakota Access Pipeline.

Yesterday’s ruling was considered a major defeat for members of the tribes, the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne Nations, major components of the Dakota Access Pipeline even before it became a major environmental issue for others. The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline drew thousands of opponents and supporters of protecting the environment to the site of the pipeline and led to many arrests by the police. This protest as drawn worldwide coverage and highlights the danger that pipelines pose to the environment. The Dakota Access Pipeline runs underneath a lake and is considered by most to be a disaster in the making. These protests against the Dakota access pipeline were intended to head off that disaster before it happens.

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been hotly contested, to the point of small skirmishes, but most environmentalists who stated position that the pipeline will pose a major threat to the environment because pipelines are subject to leakage. In fact, to prove this, the Dakota Access Pipeline has leaked oil into the environment on at least two occasions. To anyone with any sense, this proves the point that the pipeline should be shut down until after completion of the ordered environmental review. It also amply displays the position most environmentalists have; pipelines for oil are dangerous to the environment.

The major question I have is, who got to Judge Boasberg and for how much? I would be willing to bet that some type of backroom deal happened here. Unfortunately, no one will probably ever be able to prove it. It looks as though “Big Oil” wins again, at least for now.

 

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US Army Corps of Engineers Attorney’s Response to Tribal Brief Is Insulting

The attorney representing the US Army Corps of Engineers practically insulted the Standing Rock Sioux in his response to the brief they filed a US Circuit Court.

Tribes ask court to shut down Dakota Access pipeline | TheHill

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345709-tribes-ask-court-to-shut-down-dakota-access-pipeline

US Army Corps of Engineers Attorney’s Response to Tribal Brief Is Insulting

The attorney representing the US Army Corps of Engineers practically insulted the Standing Rock Sioux in his response to the brief they filed the US Circuit Court. On Monday, The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes filed a brief requesting that the Dakota Access Pipeline be shut down until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a further environmental review, as ordered by US Circuit Court Judge James Boasberg.

Earlier this year, Judge Boasberg ruled that an environmental impact review by the US Army Corps of Engineers was insufficient because it failed to take into account the effect the pipeline would have on tribal fishing and hunting rights. He ordered the US Army Corps of Engineers to do a complete environmental impact review, saying that a shutdown of the pipeline was an option that he would consider if the Corps of Engineers did not follow his ruling. This was viewed as a small victory for the tribal leaders. Even though a shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline didn’t happen, the judge’s statement that the show that he meant business and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should take him seriously.

The insult by the Corp’s attorney came with his response to the tribal brief when he said, ordering a shutdown “would be inconsistent with the circuit precedent and would result in undue hardship and additional risks and concerns for the federal government, the pipeline owner, and the public.”

As a member of the public, I greatly resent this ambulance chaser using my name as a method to put off this tribe that the brief, which I am in total support. How dare he used the name of the “public” to somehow justify the US Army Corps of Engineers blatant abuse of the Standing Rock Sioux?

Also, the part about how a shutdown would create “undue hardship” to the owners of the pipeline is also total bullshit. Notice how he neglects to mention the hardship that will because if the pipeline were to leak a large quantity of oil into the Standing Rock Sioux’s water supply, causing irreparable damage to it. Also, what about the hardship this would create for those of us who share this environment?

Once again a corporation tries to give itself the same rights as a citizen; something which is complete bullshit because corporations are not citizens, despite the asinine ruling of the US Supreme Court.

 

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Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

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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.

State trade group can weigh in on Dakota Access pipeline | The Sacramento Bee

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.

 

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Energy Transfer Partners Removes “Hired Mercenaries” From Pipeline Site

Energy Transfer Partners spokesperson: “We continue to have security measures in place in North Dakota, just no longer need boots on the ground.”

Source: Company Behind DAPL Removes Private Security Firm From Site

Energy Transfer Partners Removes “Hired Mercenaries” From Pipeline Site

 

Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for building the Dakota Access Pipeline, announced that it is removing the “security firm” (a.k.a. hired mercenaries) from the pipeline site. TigerSwan, as I’ve reported previously, had been accused of not operating legally as security for The Dakota Access Pipeline. The security firm was exposed as not having the proper permits to operate within the state of North Dakota, something that Energy Transfer Partners was probably well aware of when they first hired TigerSwan, despite their denials to the contrary.

At the time when I first heard that Energy Transfer Partners had hired a private “security firm”, which are basically modern-day versions of mercenaries or hired guns, I was appalled. To think that a corporation like Energy Transfer Partners felt that they needed a “security firm” to put down peaceful protesters like the Water Protectors struck me as being a gross overreaction to people who wanted nothing more than protecting their sovereign rights to the land and religious beliefs. When I thought about TigerSwan being deployed here, I could not help but have visions of the infamous Blackwater, the US government “contractors” that lost their cool in the streets of Baghdad and opened fire on innocent commuters at an intersection.

In their statement, announcing that TigerSwan was no longer being contracted. Energy Transfer Partners used the offensive term “boots on the ground” in their announcement of TigerSwan’s departure from the scene of the pipeline. “Boots on the ground”? Where does Energy Transfer Partners get off treating peaceful protesters like some sort of threats, wherein reality they were merely Native Americans protecting their tribal sovereignty. What an insulting way to refer to some of the bravest people in this country!

 

Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

A judge’s ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a “game changer” for North Dakota oil.

Source: Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline surprises oil industry

Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

 

US District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in a ruling that could temporarily shut down The Dakota Access Pipeline.  The judge ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers had not taken all factors into consideration when they ruled that the pipeline could continue to be built.

In his ruling, he said that the adverse effects on the Standing Rock Sioux’s hunting and fishing rights were not taken into consideration when the Corps of Engineers made their decision.  He said this lack of consideration could cause the Dakota Access Pipeline to be temporarily closed until the matter was settled.

Throughout the fight against that Dakota Access Pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe maintained that the pipeline would adversely affect them because it runs under Lake Oahe, the tribe’s primary source of water.  How could the US Army Corps of Engineers be stupid enough to believe that a pipeline filled with petroleum could not have adverse effects?  I’ll bet if you took the time to look behind the scenes, you would find some money changing hands and some corruption taking place.  Something smells really bad here!

Needless to say, this caused a stir at Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for building and maintaining this controversial pipeline.  Just when they thought they had it all sewn up and in their pockets, this honest judge comes along.  They either did not consider buying him off or he is an honest judge who cannot be bought off.  Good for him!

Hopefully, the worst (or best, depending on how you look at) scenario happens and the Dakota Access Pipeline is shut down.  Even if the shutdown is only temporary, it could potentially be a good thing for the Iowa farmers who are banding together in their attempts to sue to have the pipeline stopped from passing beneath their farmland.  This ruling could buy them some time to pursue their lawsuit in better form.

For a cynic such as myself, it does my heart good to see corporate America suffer a setback, and the common person to prevail, if only for a little while. The Dakota Access Pipeline is an environmental disaster waiting to happen and everyone should know that by now.  Maybe, some justice will prevail and the pipeline will be shut down.

 

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in North Dakota in March.

Source: 2 more leaks found along Dakota Access pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen

Once again, The Dakota Access Pipeline has sprung a leak.  This time, it leaked out about 100 gallons of crude oil.  It also leaked  85 gallons in March. It is past time that the federal government, probably the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in and intervene in the situation and hopefully, shut it down until the entire environmental impact has been investigated thoroughly and without corporate interference.  Unfortunately, that last part is highly unlikely.

Considering that the company that built the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has not only invested billions of dollars in this project, and that president Donald Trump and the rest of the federal government has rubber stamped this project from the beginning, makes this highly unlikely.  This, coupled with the EPA has undergone massive budget cuts which have rendered it basically useless, is another fact to consider.  Unfortunately, after the Dakota Access Pipeline has such a large oil spill that it causes a major environmental disaster that this project will be fully explored and reconsidered.

Both common sense and practical consideration to make it a no-brainer that the Dakota Access Pipeline should never have been built, in the first place.  It is just another corporate venture that puts profit before people or the well-being of our environment.  It is another example of how money talks and bullshit walks.

It is also another example that clearly points out that common people, who protest against something that they know to be wrong should not be ignored, nor how the power of protest often carries great weight, even when it is ignored. If the protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline would have been listened to, we could all be spared, this ticking time bomb waiting to destroy the environment of this region.

 

Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

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Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.

Source: Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April – StarTribune.com

Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill

The Dakota Access Pipeline, which isn’t supposed to officially open until June, already has its first oil spill.  The spill, which happened on April 4, was just reported today.  If this doesn’t prove that the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t a potential environmental disaster, I don’t know what will.  Perhaps, if the pipeline should have a spill that reaches all the way down to St. Louis, maybe they will pay attention to this disaster waiting to happen.

Officials tried to downplay the spill by pointing out that it was only 84 gallons of oil that leaked.  What the hell difference does it make that it was only 84 gallons?  A spill is a spill, isn’t it?  84 gallons of crude oil has the potential to do damage, despite the state of North Dakota saying otherwise.  If a spill kills one bird or one animal, it is too much.  I suppose they think that a spill on the Dakota Access Pipeline would be worth mentioning if it caused as much as some of the oil platform accidents off the coast of Santa Barbara, right?

An official of the North Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources says that the state of North Dakota doesn’t even bother to make an announcement about an oil spill of this size.  To me this begs the question how much, or would it take before they issued an “official announcement”?

The public has a right to know about an oil spill of any size.  The people have a right to know that the Native Americans and others who oppose this potential nightmare for one hundred percent correct when they said that the Dakota Access Pipeline was a potential environmental disaster.  After all, if they can spill 84 gallons of raw crude oil without penalty, how much do they have to spill before they are penalized.  This question is especially important because the state of North Dakota announced that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the builders and operators of this controversial pipeline.

 

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Energy Transfer Partners Building Another Pipeline With More Mishaps

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