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“Dakota Access Pipeline Fate Uncertain After Court Hearing”

“Dakota Access pipeline supporters faced a tough bench Wednesday in the latest round of a long-running legal feud over the project’s future, with federal judges appearing to lean in favor of requiring additional environmental review but conflicted on other issues.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard two hours of oral arguments on whether a lower court erred when it concluded federal regulators’ approval of the contentious oil project fell short of the National Environmental Policy Act.

A final ruling against Dakota Access and the Army Corps of Engineers could make it easier for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Indigenous opponents to ultimately shut the pipeline down amid further environmental review.”

Ellen M. Gilmer reports for Bloomberg Environment November 4, 2020.