Dakota Access Flows Safe Through 2020 — Court Schedule

(P&GJ) — A new schedule released by the court managing the case concerning the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) shut down order means the line will be able to operate at least through the end of 2020. 

The federal court in Washington that is handling the case released a schedule last week that would allow the pipeline to continue flowing until late December at the earliest, Bloomberg reported.

The schedule allows for Native American tribes opposing the line until Oct. 16 to file a request to close the line.

DAPL operator Energy Transfer and the Army Corps of Engineers would then have until Nov. 20 to respond to the request.

All final briefs from the tribes must be submitted to the court by December 18 meaning a final decision is unlikely to come until close to the end of the year, or even early 2021.

The 1,172-mile, 570,000 bpd oil pipeline was ordered shut down and emptied in late July after a judge invalidated an environmental permit for the line issued by the Corps of Engineers.

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