Tribal request for Dakota Access spill response plan granted

2017-12-05 07:59
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Bismarck - A US federal judge ruled on Monday that the Army Corps of Engineers and the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline had to complete an oil spill response plan for the stretch of pipe beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota.

US District Judge James Boasberg's order grants a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes for additional protection for the river's Lake Oahe reservoir. The tribes draw water from the lake.

Completion of a response plan and additional pipeline monitoring are warranted while the Corps determines the pipeline's impact on the tribes, the judge said in his ruling. He cited in part the spill of 800 000 liters of oil from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last month. He ordered the environmental impact study in June.

"Although the court is not suggesting that a similar leak is imminent at Lake Oahe, the fact remains that there is an inherent risk with any pipeline," Boasberg said.

The $3.8bn Dakota Access pipeline began moving North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois in June. Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners maintains the pipeline is safe and the company and the Corps had argued that tribal requests for additional protections at Lake Oahe were unnecessary or unwarranted.


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