Judge orders new environmental review for Dakota Access Pipeline 🔓

A federal judge in Washington. D.C. on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a new environmental review of the now-operating Dakota Access Pipeline, Kallanish Energy reports.

But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg did not halt crude oil transport in the 1,170-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois.

Boasberg’s 91-page ruling provided a limited victory to Native American tribes in North Dakota that have been fighting the $3.8 billion pipeline, along with supporters.

He ruled that the Corps of Engineers had “substantially complied” with federal environmental laws, but it failed to adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights or environmental justice.

Another hearing is scheduled for June 21 to decide what happens next.

The decision comes weeks after Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began moving crude oil in the pipeline that was boosted by President Donald Trump. H signed an executive order directing the Corps of Engineers to expedite federal approval of the final easement on Jan. 24.

On Feb. 8, the Corps of Engineers issued the easement.

That violates federal procedures and treaty obligations, pipeline opponents say.

More than 760 arrests were made in North Dakota protests against the pipeline in 2016 and early 2017.

The pipeline runs through North and South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois. It connects in Illinois to existing pipelines to carry the oil to the Gulf of Mexico. It can move 500,000 barrels per day.

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