Indian tribes won over Dakota
A US court has shut down the Dakota Access pipeline that supplies shale oil from the Bakken Formation to Illinois. The D.C. judge decided that the pipeline should stop working on August 5, and that it could only resume after an environmental impact assessment of the project. This could take over a year.
The court revoked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' permission to build an oil pipeline, finding that it did not meet environmental legislation standards. Energy Transfer, the project operator, is planning to appeal against the injunction to pump oil.
The project, which has been working for more than three years, has been accompanied by scandals for a long time. Environmental activists and indigenous people are protesting against the pipeline that runs through its territory. They claim that the pipeline pollutes water and desecrates the sacred lands of local tribes.
The protests were accompanied by clashes with the police and arrests, resulting in more than 600 people being detained at various times. All of them were released.
At the end of 2016, the Barack Obama administration agreed to review the route. After that, the construction was halted. However, Donald Trump, almost immediately after he took the office, ordered that the work would be resumed.
The pipeline is worth about $4 billion and supplies about half a million barrels of oil.