Energy groups fight back against effort to shut down Dakota Access pipeline

Energy groups are pushing back against an effort to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline during an additional environmental review.

The American Petroleum Institute and other trade organizations say taking the Dakota Access pipeline out of commission would have a negative impact on the oil industry and local economies. The response comes amid a court battle between four American Indian tribes and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company that built Dakota Access.

The Standing Rock Sioux and three other American Indian tribes in the Dakotas have been fighting the pipeline for more than a year, arguing that the $3.8 billion project built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) threatens cultural sites and tribal water supplies. The company disputes that and maintains the pipeline is safe.

After months of delays, it began moving North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois on June 1. However, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg later that month ordered the Army Corps of Engineers, which permitted the project, to further review the pipeline’s impact on the Standing Rock tribe. The judge is deciding whether to shut down the pipeline until the completion of the work, which is expected to take several more months.

Groups including the American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Association of Oil Pipe Lines, national Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers asked to submit their stance on the matter. They maintained in court documents that ceasing pipeline operations “would have serious adverse economic impacts throughout the oil industry and local and regional economies.”

Boasberg gave his approval in a one-sentence statement without providing details on his reasoning. Standing Rock attorney Jan Hasselman on Monday said the tribe doesn’t object because “everybody who wants to be heard should be heard.”

Boasberg in June approved a schedule for arguments that set Monday as the final deadline. His ruling on a potential shutdown could come any time after that.

While Energy Transfer Partners continues defending the project in court, it also is dealing with state government allegations in North Dakota that it improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction.

North Dakota regulators two weeks ago offered a settlement under which the company would make a $15,000 “contribution” and wouldn’t have to admit fault. Commissioners said it was an effort to end the drawn-out dispute over whether the company should be fined.

The company responded to the offer by last Thursday’s deadline but neither it nor the state disclosed what the answer was. The Public Service Commission scheduled a closed meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the response.

The commission also is looking into whether Energy Transfer Partners removed too many trees and improperly handled some removed soil while laying pipe in the state. Company and state attorneys have been working to negotiate a resolution.

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    G

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    As long as “activists” (AKA, terrorists) don’t sabotage the line, as they have attempted already, we’ll have a REAL-LIFE review of its safety and effectiveness.

    Now, as usual, it’s time for leftists to go judge shopping, and/or employ regulators to override the Constitution and have their way.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    I hope someone bring a lawsuit against all those who took part in Standing Rock Protest and of those who left the big mess behind them

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    Bill Vancouver

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    Are you using a new format? I have used your ID, but get Climate Dispatch which has only one article per page. Then have proble getting other articles. If this your new connection, it sucks.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Go to the bottom of page and click on “non-amp version”

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Fine the sponsors of the Standing Rock Protest for littering and leaving behind all that toxic waste and those pets

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    Amber

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    There is a public process yet the only real protesters are the ones hoping to get a great big fat pay check for their moral indignation and to buy the fossil fuel trinkets that their bag of money brings .
    Ambulance chasers , pipeline chasers all part of the same group of leeches who make a living by being professional whiners .
    Fossil fuels in large part produce a very high standard of living .
    If you don’t think so go to Africa and enjoy a dung fire in a hut .

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      Sonnyhill

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      “dung fire in a hut” lol descriptive prose done well.
      Fossil fuels alone won’t do it. Look at the basket case countries floating on oil, Venezuela, Russia, Iraq, Libya, etc. We need to deal with the anarchists who would tear down our capitalist + democratic system.

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        So true about the violent black hooded anarchists. If these thug criminals were white supremacist losers rather than Marxist losers the media would be demanding police action to arrest and prosecute every last one. Instead they prevaricate or look the other way completely.

        Revealing. Violence is apparently necessary for the revolution.

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    Amber

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    G . I fear you are correct . Most liberal media in the USA are glorifying
    anarchists trying to silence free speech .Why is this little group of black heads so afraid to show their faces ? Main reasons … they don’t want to show who bought them and they are afraid the system they claim to want to tear down won’t hire them . The other is they are just bullies like the KKK .
    Cowards attacking a guy going to get groceries . Very brave . Try that outside the condoning confines of Berkeley and they may not be back in class . How many were Berkeley professors and staff ?

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      And these black-hooded KKK knock-offs don’t see any difference between white supremacists and principled conservatives or Libertarians… In fact, they could care less about impotent fringe right wing groups. They only use that as cover. If you disagree with their radical Marxism you are the enemy and must be silenced.

      Their protectors in the leftstream media don’t understand how quickly that kind of anti-free-speech radicalism and violence can (and will) turn to bite them too.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    ISIS,KKK,ANTIFA are all the same they hide their faces with hoods,masks,just like many armed robbers do to hide their faces their afaid if anyone saw them they would be banned from their home town

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