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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.