Tribes lose bid to block Dakota Access pipeline as project nears finish line

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February 14, 2017

Oil PipelineA federal judge denied Monday a request by tribes to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline’s final leg, dealing a major setback to opponents as the project nears completion after months of delays.

U.S. District Court Judge James A. Boasberg rejected the motion for a temporary restraining order filed by the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Standing Rock Sioux based on religious grounds.

At the same time, the judge ordered Energy Transfer Partners to provide an update on Feb. 21 and every Monday thereafter as to when the oil pipeline will begin moving oil under Lake Oahe from the Bakken field in North Dakota to the oil-storage hub of Patoka, Illinois.

Judge Boasberg also scheduled a hearing for Feb. 27 on a request for a preliminary injunction pending a lawsuit, according to a court document filed on PACER.

Energy Transfer Partners restarted construction last week on the final 1,100-foot segment of the project alongside a natural-gas pipeline at Lake Oahe and the Missouri River shortly after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved a much-delayed easement.

11 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    I see the The Dakota Access Pipeline problem very clearly. It took me 20 minutes online to figure this out. It is the oil pipeline path, not the pipeline, that is the problem!

    The original …safer route was to close to white people in Bismark. The comment in the legend on the map below even says that!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Access_Pipeline#/media/File:Black_Snake_in_Sioux_Country.png

    So, it’s OK to run the pipeline west of Minot and Bismark and then south and twice, TWICE!! across the Missouri river and next to the Standing Rock Reservation water intake.

    What was NOT done was run the pipeline straight south near Milot and east around Bismark and never, NEVER!! cross the Missouri river. But that would be to close to white people. They already said no.

    Check the map out here. Do you agree the route is wrong? It must be rerouted.

    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/08092016/standing-rock-sioux-tribe-energy-transfer-dakota-access-pipeline-oil-environmental-justice

    The Indian’s have every right to protest this!

    Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868)

    https://ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=42

    In this treaty, signed on April 29, 1868, between the U.S. Government and the Sioux Nation, the United States recognized the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, set aside for exclusive use by the Sioux people.

    A conference was held at Fort Laramie, in present day Wyoming, which resulted in a treaty with the Sioux. This treaty was to bring peace between the whites and the Sioux who agreed to settle within the Black Hills reservation in the Dakota Territory.

    Less than a decade later when gold was discovered in the Black Hills the US Gov. per President Grants illegal order choose to violate the treaty and launch a war against the Sioux.

    >> Custer met his end later, because of it. He was an idiot also.

  • roboteq says:

    How many more millions of dollars have “Progressive” liberals cost the U.S. and the American people with this sort of destructive action against legal and already well laid out projects? This sort of thing must stop.

  • justinwachin says:

    I would hate for the pipeline to destroy their sacred casinos. How dare people want to soil the sacred lands with a pipeline when a casino could do the same thing much more profitably.

    Most of these large scale projects are preceded by years of planning and easement acquisition. Objections should have been made at that time. Roads and utilities routinely are routed to avoid historic sites, cemeteries, etc. Waiting to protest until construction is ready to begin is too late. It sounds like they are hoping for some large cash settlement.

  • randy jackson says:

    Another good move towards energy independence.

    1. Retired says:

      A real good move , oil was $30.00 a barrel before US oil was put on the Market . It is now averaging $53.00 a barrel so how did that help energy independence other than helping the oil Traders .Now you also pay more at the pump.

      1. randy jackson says:

        Remember though that OPEC has recently turned production down, exactly for that purpose (to increase price). Their prior effort to flood the market was an attempt to bankrupt the American drillers fracking in the shale oil plays. Was somewhat successful as American drilling plunged, as did petro prices, as did many American petro jobs. What I long for is to get the firkin politicians & politics out of petro price interference and allow the laws of supply & demand to dictate supply/demand & price. Dream on—-probably ain’t gonna happen. Meanwhile we’ll see peak & valley pricing. It would help immensely if the BS ethanol in gasoline, along with all the (paid by tax payer) subsidies would vanish. I support all energy products so long as taxpayer money does not support them (like wind, solar, geothermal, Solyndra et. al.). Much of the price increases we see at this time of the year is refineries gearing up for “summer” gasoline. Then we get into summer “vacation” demand, then return to relatively cheaper winter gas. All the while Natural Gas stays very constant. That model (natural gas) is much closer to the supply/demand model. More of Americas fleet s/b powered by natural gas, it’s much cheaper and burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel.

        1. Retired says:

          OPEC would not have lowered the output if the US oil would have stayed home where it belongs . The US was already exporting oil products. South America cant sell their oil because it is like the Crap that comes from Fracking. Summer blend does not go into effect until June , so that blows that . Thank the UN for the ethanol along with the EPA . The EU is doing the same thing now .

          1. randy jackson says:

            Couple things Retired—–not to be argumentative, but for clarification. Like you say, the USA has been exporting “refined” products for a long time. It wasn’t until recently that we started exporting crude oil also. The crude oil that comes from cracking is anything but crap, it is very light and “primo” for the refineries; lots of gasoline and diesel, very little other, compared to typical crude (like from Cali, Alaska, Permian Basin,).
            I believe summer blend has a required switchover date of May 1st (thus the comment “gearing up for”. Usually a refinery will also perform serious maintenance during “the turnaround” as well as the tuning required to produce summer gas. Regardless of the UN or the EU, ethanol is ripping Americans environmentally and in the pocket book.
            Hope Trump has time to look into some of this. The EPA is as bad as the BLM. A total fire and rehire would be a good start. Take care my friend.

          2. Retired says:

            In Dec. ships were filled with Crude but could not leave until Jan1 . It was part of the Ryan budget . Ethanol was good for the farmers and bad for the consumer now our beef is like straw . It could vary by states as to the start of summer blend. Everybody sees that we are being ripped off except for WDC . What we need is more refineries along the pipe lines ,plus they don’t need to be huge . Also include getting the lobbyist out of WDC with the fire and Hire .

          3. randy jackson says:

            God Bless America!

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