The United States District Court, District of Columbia, found that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) violated NEPA by failing to adequately consider the project’s environmental effects, including environmental justice impacts, before granting permits to Dakota Access to construct and operate Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe. The Court remanded the decision back to the Corps, requiring the agency to reconsider its environmental analysis. The Court additionally ordered further briefing to determine whether to halt the construction and operation of the pipeline.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 16-1534, 2017 WL 2573994 (D.D.C. June 14, 2017)
This is just one of the stories I contributed to this month’s HOT NEWS produced by the American Bar Association, Environmental Transactions and Business (ETAB) Committee of SEER (Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources): link below.