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Dakota Access Review Delayed as Court Weighs Pipeline Challenge

Oct. 6, 2017, 9:21 PM

A court-mandated government review of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline will take months longer than expected, potentially pushing a decision on whether the conduit can continue to operate into 2018.

The review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t be completed until April, according to a court filing Oct. 6. Corps previously estimated it would be completed by the end of this year (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Eng’rs, D.D.C., No. 1:16-cv-1534, notice filed 10/6/17).

The new schedule comes after a federal judge ruled in June that the Corps failed to adequately consider...

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