EPA, DOI Urged Army Corps Not To OK Pipeline, Docs Show

Law360, New York (August 31, 2016, 7:01 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ignored concerns from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation when approving the highly controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline, according to public records published Tuesday.

The Army Corps had granted a Nationwide Permit 12, which has been characterized as a “fast-track” permitting process, to Dakota Access LLC in July. There’s been pushback against the approval from at least 30 environmental and Native American groups since and documents published by nonprofit environmental news site InsideClimate News show the Obama administration shared similar concerns...

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