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Dakota Access Ruling Boosts Tribes Seeking Enviro Justice

By Andrew Westney (June 15, 2017, 10:31 PM EDT) -- A D.C. federal court decision forcing the government to re-examine its final approval of the Dakota Access pipeline granted in the first month of the Trump administration gives new legal ammunition to tribes who argue they must be treated fairly when agencies assess the environmental damage a project might cause, attorneys say.

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in approving the pipeline had failed to fully weigh how a potential oil spill would impact the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, particularly with respect to environmental justice, which calls for a...

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