Tribes to get more documents sought in Dakota Access lawsuit

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/27/2019 04:00 PM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn over more documents that four Native American tribes say could bolster their lawsuit seeking to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg directed the federal agency to give up the documents by July 3, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes accused the Corps in February of withholding dozens of documents that they say could show how the pipeline may threaten the Lake Oahe reservoir on the Missouri River, which serves as their water source.

Fears of an oil spill into the river sparked massive protests in 2016 and 2017, drawing thousands of pipeline opponents to North Dakota.

Federal officials had turned over some documents, but said requests for dozens more were vague or too broad.

The tribes accused the Corps of producing a "fragmented and incomplete record" to justify its approval of the $3.8 million pipeline that began carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois in June 2017. Last week, the pipeline's operator, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, announced plans to double its capacity.

It's unclear how useful the documents will be to the tribal case.

Boasberg gave the tribes an Aug. 16 deadline to submit their final arguments. The case won't be resolved for several months after the filing.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe plans to request a full environmental impact study of the pipeline and for the pipeline's operations to be shuttered during the review, according to Jan Hasselman, an attorney for environmental law organization Earthjustice.

"In the meantime, we're gearing up for an election," Hasselman said. "A new administration could well undo the Trump (administration) permits."

News

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/21/2019 10:44 PM
The tribe honors two from t...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
07/19/2019 03:16 PM
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The leaders of five of Oklahoma’s most powerful tribal nations have approved a resolution denouncing the new Republican governor’s plan to force negotiations for a bigger slice of revenue from Oklahoma’s tribal casinos.

The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tri...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
07/19/2019 03:13 PM
TULSA (AP) – The number of Oklahoma earthquakes registering a magnitude of 3.0 or greater is on pace to decline for the fourth straight year after state regulators began directing oil and natural gas producers to close some wells and reduce injection volumes in others.

The ...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
07/18/2019 08:40 AM
Among laws the measure would repeal is one that allo...

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
07/18/2019 08:39 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The inaugural committee for Oklahoma’s new Republican governor spent more than $2.4 million on inauguration festivities to launch his first term i...

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/17/2019 04:18 PM
First-language Cherokee speakers from...