Federal District Judge Allows Oil to Continue to Flow through Dakota Access Pipeline
May 24, 2021
WASHINGTON - A U.S. district judge on Friday allowed oil to keep flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) during an environmental impact study ordered previously by the court.
Last October, Earthjustice on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit to shut down the DAPL.
Judge James Boasberg, of the Federal District Court of the District of Columbia, wrote in his decision released on Friday that in order to get a shutdown, the tribes "must demonstrate a likelihood of irreparable injury from the action they seek to enjoin - to wit, the pipeline's operation."