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The election could ultimately decide the Dakota Access Pipeline's fate

Posted On: 8 Aug 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

This story was originally published by HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
It's been a fitful few months for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
First, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to carry out proper environmental reviews of the project before building the oil route under a vital waterway. Then, the same judge ordered the pipeline to shut down while the months-long reviews take place. Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit staved off the latter order.
On Wednesday, the appeals court handed the pipeline and its Texas-based owner, Energy Transfer, another win, ruling that the Trump administration should decide whether it's safe to continue operating while the project undergoes review.
But the decision isn't a clear-cut victory for the controversial pipeline, which galvanized a national protest movement in 2016.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected to greenlight the pipeline to keep pumping oil, must...

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