Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Keystoned: It's A Trifecta: Keystone XL, Sandpiper, Dakota Access Pipeline -- September 7, 2016


September 13, 2016: DAPL removes construction equipment. Calls it quits. 

September 9, 2016: the Federal judge denied the Native Americans' request to stop further construction based on a strong legal argument. However, as I understand it, literally moments after the Federal judge released his opinion, the Obama administration (through the Departments of Justice, Army, and Interior) ordered construction to stop until "national discussion can take place" regarding concerns of Native Americans. There are many, many story lines here. I'm not sure on what legal grounds the Obama administration can stop the construction but it should be noted that the US Army Corps of Engineers only said it was "okay" to build the pipeline. The Corps never actually signed the necessary paperwork that would allow the easement across the river. Or something to that effect. Many, many story lines here but not worth the time. We'll let the "Big Boys" fight it out. But it is a trifecta: the Keystone XL, the Sandpiper, and now the Dakota Access Pipeline stopped by a relatively few number of folks, who, it appears, prefer CBR. This is a huge win for Texas (the Permian and the Eagle Ford) and for Warren Buffett (CBR). 

September 7, 2016: before we all get too excited a sleuth over at Say Anything Blog notes that the Dakota Access Pipeline parallels a natural gas pipeline in the very area that the Native Americans are concerned about. If accurate, and if the judge can read, and if, and if, and if ...

September 7, 2016: The WSJ report with photo.  
Original Post
In the Washington Post: judge grants partial stop on North Dakota pipeline.
An American Indian tribe succeeded Tuesday in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline, but its broader request still hangs in the balance.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop between North Dakota’s State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe, but will continue west of the highway because he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land.
He also said he’ll rule by the end of Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s challenge of federal regulators’ decision to grant permits to the Dallas, Texas-based operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will cross North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
Predicted. Twenty-four protestors stop a $3.8 billion project ... and it isn't even on their land. What a great country.

Somebody's Crying, Chris Isaak

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