Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Ousted oil pipeline operators irk Indians, defy permit withdrawals


Gathering on the Michigan banks of the Mackinac Straits in support of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's cease-operations order, water protectors made prayers, music, and presentations for "eviction" of Enbridge Energy Inc.'s Line 5 from tribal treaty rights territory in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes boundary waters. Photo courtesy Kaesha Baloch for Honor the Earth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On May 13, the U.S. Circuit Court here denied Dakota Access Pipeline's request for approval to keep its permit while the oil company appeals a ruling that tribes secured cancelling it. Meanwhile, other pipeline operators also faced permit challenges.

The DAPL ruling, handed down January 26, reaffirms a lower court finding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the pipeline to cross the Missouri River was illegal and must be vacated, at least until the conclusion of an environmental impact statement to determine viability.

The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Oglala, and Yankton Sioux tribes - in litigation for five years – obtained the court mandate for the environmental review only after the pipeline construction finished and operation commenced. Throughout the legal battle, the courts have rejected or overturned tribal pleas for injunctions to prevent deliveries of crude across the river until the review is done. So the oil still flows.


Reader Comments(0)


Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2021

Rendered 07/30/2021 12:12