Federal judge orders environmental review for Dakota Access Pipeline
A federal judge has ordered an environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The order calls for the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the review, three years after the pipelines started carrying oil. The pipeline stretches beneath the Missouri River, close to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The reservation gets its water supply from the Missouri River, and the tribe’s concerned about potential pollution from the pipeline. Environmental protesters demonstrated against the pipeline for months during construction in 2016.
Federal judge James Boasberg says the pipeline is still ‘highly controversial’, and needs further environmental review.
The pipeline is still operational.