In Defiance of Judge’s Orders, Company Will Not Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline

Energy Transfer LP Dakota Access Pipeline

Energy Transfer LP said it will not shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline despite judicial orders.

By Shish KaBob Seger

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov

On Monday, Federal judge Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the pipeline to be shut down. The controversial energy project will be mothballed pending “extensive environmental review.” Nonetheless, Energy Transfer LP is now refusing to abide by the orders. 

“We are not shutting down the line”spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email to Bloomberg. Granado alleged Judge Boasberg “exceeded his authority and does not have the jurisdiction to shut down the pipeline or stop the flow of crude oil.”

Bloomberg did make clear that the company “has no intention of defying Boasberg’s order.” This is a clear indication that the ruling will be appealed. In the meanwhile, a full environmental review will be done. This is a temporary victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who fears the irreversible ecological impacts of the pipeline. 

In a press release, Sioux Tribe chairman Mike Faith said, “Today is a historic day for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many people who have supported us in the fight against the pipeline. This pipeline should have never been built here. We told them that from the beginning.”

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