(SD)-Judge Allows Limited Tribal Dakota Access Challenge
BISMARK, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge is allowing four Native American tribes to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a Dakota Access oil pipeline spill wouldn't unfairly affect them.
The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux all filed lawsuits in July 2016 and are still fighting the $3.8 billion pipeline that began moving North Dakota oil to Illinois in June 2017.
Judge James Boasberg that month ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to further study the pipeline's impacts on tribes, with the Corps announcing this past fall that additional analysis confirmed the pipeline doesn't pose a higher risk of adverse impacts to minorities.
Tribes want to challenge that conclusion and Judge Boasberg says he'll allow it, but warns the tribes that the Corps and pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners can oppose any new tribal claims not specifically related to the additional study.
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