But now a judge has ruled that the process of moving forward with the DAPL violated some laws.
According to Earthjustice, United States District Judge James Boasberg found that "although the Corps substantially complied with NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] in many areas, the Court agrees that it did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial." The fight is not yet over, as Judge Boasberg added that "whether Dakota Access must cease pipeline operations during that remand presents a separate question of the appropriate remedy, which will be the subject of further briefing." The lawsuit was brought against the United States Army Corps of Engineers by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who have been vehemently protesting the pipeline for months.
The previous administration painstakingly considered the impacts of this pipeline, and President Trump hastily dismissed these careful environmental considerations in favor of political and personal interests." The statement also reiterated that the tribe will ask the court to shut the pipeline down.
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