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.
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.