Today saw four significant legal developments in the Dakota Access Pipeline campaign.
This afternoon, US District Court Judge James Boesberg denied Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) attorneys’ request for a Temporary Restraining Order, which sought to block publication in the Federal Register of the Army Corps’ Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Lake Oahe crossing.
This morning, the Army Corps of Engineers officially published a notice of intent in the federal register to prepare a partial EIS. This opens a formal scoping comment period lasting through February 20th, where the public and interested parties can give the Army Corps input on the scope of the EIS. The notice “invites interested parties to identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in an EIS.”
The proposed scoping fails to include the entire length of the pipeline or downstream impacts of other tribes of the Great Sioux Nation. The Army Corps asks only for comments on 1) Alternative locations for the pipeline crossing the Missouri River; 2) Potential risks and impacts of an oil spill, and potential impacts to Lake Oahe, the Standing Rock...