Judge Rules DAPL Environmental Survey Inadequate, May Halt Construction

Judge Rules DAPL Environmental Survey Inadequate, May Halt Construction

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Did you know that energy is so inexpensive in Iceland that it is cheaper to ship aluminum from Australia to Iceland for its final treatment? I don't know much about refining aluminum, but I do know that final process (bauxite scrubbing?) is quite energy-intensive. And it must be worth it to ship something all the way from the other side of the world. I can't imagine there are many ports further apart than Australia to Iceland! I used to play this game on my Amiga called Ports of Call. I may have to boot it up to check! Anyway, this geothermal plant was very interesting and perfect for photography. Asmundur and I spent a bit of time there moving around for cool perspectives. I'd like to thank him again for taking me there! from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

Environmental advocates who’ve been working tirelessly to halt the Dakota Access pipeline have been given what some are calling a lifeline. In a ruling on Wednesday, US district judge James Boasberg said that the US Army Corps of Engineers did not perform an adequate environmental survey.

The judge cites the possible impacts of an oil spill affecting “fishing rights, hunting rights, and environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.”

The judge is calling on the army to perform a new environmental analysis in key sections of their original survey. The judge has not ruled on whether or not to halt operations in the meantime, but it is a distinct possibility.

It’s “a significant victory” according to chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe Dave Archambault II. The Standing Rock Sioux led the opposition to the pipeline for several months through the dead of winter.

“Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been disregarded by builders of the Dakota Access pipeline and the Trump administration, prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” said Jan Hasselman, attorney for Earthjustice, calling the decision “an important turning point.”

Previously, Judge Boasberg rejected two complaints from tribes in the vicinity of the pipeline. One tribe attempted to divert the path of the pipeline because of threats to sites of cultural and historical significance.

“Now that the court has rejected these two lines of attack, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River here take their third shot, this time zeroing in DAPL’s environmental impact,” Boasberg wrote. “This volley meets with some degree of success.”

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