Dakota Access pipeline asks US Supreme Court to scrap environmental study order

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The US District Court for the District of Columbia revoked environmental permits for the pipeline last year, ordering an additional environmental study

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NEW YORK – Dakota Access asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider whether the largest pipeline out of the North Dakota oil basin requires additional environmental review.

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The US District Court for the District of Columbia last year revoked a major environmental permit for the pipeline and ordered an additional environmental study.

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The pipeline entered service in 2017 after months of protests from environmentalists, Native American tribesmen and their supporters. Opponents said its construction destroyed sacred artifacts and posed a threat to Lake Oahe, an important drinking supply, and the greater Missouri River.

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Energy Transfer, which operates a 570,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) pipeline from the Bakken Shale Basin, has said its pipeline is safe.

The US Army Corps of Engineers was expected to complete a review of the pipeline in March 2022.

The operators of the pipeline said in their petition that the additional review was unnecessary and would burden other large infrastructure projects.

“The matter has had huge implications for the oil industry, its workers and the nation,” the companies said in the petition.

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The company did not immediately comment on Monday. Lawyers for the tribes did not immediately comment.


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