U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to further review environmental analysis on the permit, which had granted the final easement to finish the pipeline.
That report is in. Yesterday, the Army Corps said in its decision that granting the permit and right of way for the company under federally owned land “does not result in disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on minority populations, including tribes, and low-income populations.”
Mike Faith, Jr., Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was quoted as saying, “The Army Corps’ decision to rubber-stamp its illegal and flawed permit for DAPL will not stand.” He said the tribe would review the decision and decide how best to proceed.
Boasberg did not immediately rule on whether he was satisfied with the Corps’ additional work. However, when he ruled last October that the pipeline could continue operating while the work was done, he hinted it might not take much.
The judge said at the time that he found it likely the Corps would be able to justify its previous decisions, and that the agency…..
“must simply connect the dots” and not “redo its analysis from the ground up.”
Other legal battles continue, hope still remains. still saying #NoDAPL