D.C. Circuit Affirms Order that DAPL Easement is Illegal, but Does Not Require Shutdown of Pipeline

Here is the opinion in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.

An excerpt:

Lake Oahe, created when the United States Army Corps of Engineers flooded thousands of acres of Sioux lands in the Dakotas by constructing the Oahe Dam on the Missouri River, provides several successor tribes of the Great Sioux Nation with water for drinking, industry, and sacred cultural practices. Passing beneath Lake Oahe’s waters, the Dakota Access Pipeline transports crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Under the Mineral Leasing Act, 30 U.S.C. § 185, the pipeline could not traverse the federally owned land at the Oahe crossing site without an easement from the Corps. The question presented here is whether the Corps
violated the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. § 4321, by issuing that easement without preparing an environmental impact statement despite substantial criticisms from the Tribes and, if so, what should be done about that failure. We agree with the district court that the Corps acted unlawfully, and we affirm the court’s order vacating the easement while the Corps prepares an environmental impact statement. But we reverse the court’s order to the extent it directed that the pipeline be shut down and emptied of oil.

Briefs here.

D.C. Circuit Materials in Standing Rock v. Army Corps

Here are the briefs in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers:

Dakota Access Brief

Dakota Access Reply

Federal Brief

Federal Reply Brief

Members of Congress Amicus Brief

NIWRC Amicus Brief

North Dakota Brief

Standing Rock Brief

States Against DAPL Amicus Brief

States Supporting DAPL Amicus Brief

Tribal Orgs Amicus Brief

Oral argument audio here.

Lower court materials here.

Federal Court Invalidates Dakota Access Pipeline Permits

Here is the order in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (D.D.C.):

546 DCT Order

Related briefs:

507 US Brief

510 Dakota Access Brief

527 Tribal Plaintiffs Brief

531 Congressional Amicus Brief

532 Environmental Amicus Brief

533 Tribal Amicus Brief

536 US Reply

539 Dakota Access Reply

Prior post here.

Tribes Prevail in Standing Rock Suit, Court Orders Army Corps Prepare EIS on Dakota Access Pipeline

Here is the order in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (D.D.C.):

2020-03-25-dkt-496-memorandum-opinion-re-495-order-on-motions-for-summary-judgment.-signed-by-judge-james-e.-boasberg-on-3252020.pdf

More details later.

Standing Rock/NoDAPL Motion to File Amicus in Support of Dakota Access and ACOE Brief Regarding Remedy

Here are the briefs(PDF) in the matter of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe et al v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers et al, (D.D.C. 16-cv-01534):

Link: Previously filed documents

Tiger Swan Tactics

In a four-part series, The Intercept examines the blurred lines between private security and public law enforcement, and the impact of corporate money on the increasing opposition to oil pipelines.

Part 1:  Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Use at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

Part 2:  Standing Rock Documents Expose Inner Workings of “Surveillance-Industrial Complex

Part 3: As Standing Rock Camps Cleared Out, TigerSwan Expanded Surveillance to Array of Progressive Causes

Part 4: Dakota Access-Style Policing Moves to Pennsylvania’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline

 

Federal Court Orders Environmental Review of DAPL

Here is the opinion and order in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (D.D.C.):

Updated Standing Rock/NoDAPL Pleadings (March 21-May 11) [Update: thru May 17]

Here are updated pleadings in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers (D.D.C.):

194 DAPL Reply re Vance Resp to Ct Order

195 SRST Opp to ACOE & DAPL Mtns for Partial Sum Judg

198 Consol Reply to Motion to Amend Complaint

198 CRST Motion to Extend Time

200 SRST Reply to Motion to Amend Complaint

201 ACOE Reply in Support of Mtn Partial Summ Judg re SRST

203 DAPL Reply in Support of ACOE Cross-Mtn for Partial Summ Judgment

205 Opinion re DAPL Mtn for Protective Order

205 Order re DAPL Mtn for Protective Order

207 CRST Reply in Support of MPSJ & Opp Cross-Mtns

208 CRST Reply in Supp of MPSJ & Opp Cross-Mtns209 Joint Appendix

212 Errata-Joint Appendix

213 DAPL Reply in Support of Mtn for Partial Summary Judgment

214 ACOE Repl Supp Mtn PSJ

216 DAPL Motion to Compel

216-1 DAPL Memorandum in Support of Motion to Compel

217 ACOE Answer

218 Joint Appendix

219 SRST Response to Motion to Compel

220 Intervenor Motion to Supplement the Record

221 Notice of Addition of Documents to the Record

222 Oglala Opp to Mtn to Compel

223 ACOE Resp to Mtn to Compel

224 ACOE Motion to Extend Time

225 DAPL Reply in Support of Motion to Compel

225-1 Debold Dec

226 DAPL Unopp Mtn to Intervene

226-1 Proposed Responsive Pleading

226-2 Answer

DAPL Appeal Pleadings

Here are the briefs in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. United States Army Corps of Engineers:

2017 03 15 Em Mtn for Injunction

2017 03 17 ACOE Resp in Opp

2017 03 17 CRST Reply

2017 03 17 DAPL Resp in Opp Exhibits

2017 03 17 DAPL Resp in Opp

2017 03 18 Order Denying Injunction