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DAPL: Army Corps Won't Appeal But Dakota Access Will

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Opponents to the Dakota Access Pipeline are disappointed that the Biden administration has not shut the pipeline down. Opponents have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the government permit violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

Last summer plaintiffs claimed victory when a District of Columbia federal judge vacated the permit and ordered the pipeline shut down. The D.C. Court of Appeals quickly reversed the shutdown. But it upheld the finding that the pipeline is operating illegally and sent that issue back to the lower court.

On Friday, April 9, the Corps of Engineers was called to the lower court to explain why, months later, it still allows oil to flow. Reporters were allowed to listen in but could not record.

After the hearing, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hosted a news conference that reporters could record.

Victoria Wicks has more of this story for SDPB.

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.
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