November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

Editor's Notebook

Pipeline Protesters' Motives Aren't as Environmentally Pure as You Think

B Gilbert, Test

This just in: U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled Oct. 12 that Dakota Access Pipeline can continue operating while the federal government reviews its environmental impact. He declined to vacate a previous permit even though in June he ordered a new study, ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers had not adequately reviewed the project before it approved the required construction permits. In his latest ruling, reported by AP, Boasberg said deficiencies in the original review “are not fundamental or incurable flaws” and that the Corps has such a “significant possibility of justifying its prior determinations” that the pipeline can stay open. Boasberg said the review “cannot be reduced to

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