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Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline shutdown months away

22 Juin 2017

"We would expect a decision sometime after that, probably September", said Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux, which filed the lawsuit last summer that was later joined by three other Sioux tribes.

"Energy Transfer must immediately turn off this dirty and risky pipeline while the Army Corps conducts a thorough environmental review", Mofitt said.

The company that built it says it is safe.

The long-delayed project was finished earlier this year after President Donald Trump took office and called for its completion.

Water protectors standing in solidarity with the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline are gathering today (June 21) in Washington, D.C., where the pipeline's future may be decided.

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U.S. District Judge James Boasberg is holding a status hearing on the case the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe launched against the U.S.

"The judge wrote that the Army Corps of Engineers "did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or to which the pipeline's effects are likely to be highly controversial", the Sierra Club reported".

"If that (pipeline) spills, it means game over", said the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus activist group. "It means they can't wash, they can't clean, they can't feed their children. It means their way of life ends".

Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline shutdown months away