Judge: Corps must decide next move on Dakota Access pipeline
January 28, 2021
BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must outline its plans for the Dakota Access oil pipeline after an appeals court confirmed the line is operating without a key permit, a federal judge said Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg has set a status hearing for Feb. 10 to discuss the impact of Tuesday's opinion by the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals that upheld Boasberg's ruling ordering the Corps to conduct a full environmental impact review. Opponents of the pipeline want it shut down immediately.
Boasberg said in his one-sentence order that the Corps needs to show how it "expects to proceed" without a federal permit granting easement for the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile (1,886 kilometer) pipeline to cross beneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir along the Missouri River, which is maintained by the Corps.