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Dakota Access Pipeline Fate Uncertain After Court Hearing (1)


November 5, 2020

Activists participate in a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in March 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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.


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