Clean energy groups on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota and Red Lake reservation in Minnesota were awarded $6.7 million in federal funding to build out electric vehicle infrastructure in the tribal communities.
As plans to ramp up the Dakota Access to more than double its original capacity press forward, researchers at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis argued that the decline of premium tier oil wells in the Bakken could drive production slides that would quickly render the pipeline "superfluous." Backers of the oil industry in North Dakota argue that advancing drilling technology have wells outside the Bakken's sweet spots significantly more economic.
While imminent threats to the oil pipeline's operations have largely dissipated over the last few months, the completion of the Army Corp's ongoing environmental review, scheduled for September of 2022, could reignite litigation.
Judge James Boasberg dismissed all outstanding counts in the case and said the Army Corps would not have to file status updates to the court on the progress of their environmental review. The move marks the end of a winding, years-long chapter in the DAPL dispute, though future legal challenges are likely.
North Dakota has previously filed briefs as a supporter of Dakota Access in the years-long court dispute, but the state's request to intervene as a defendant marks an escalation of its involvement in the case.
Allard was known as a wellspring of the tribe's history with an unyielding commitment to protecting it. In the summer of 2016, she donated her family's land at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers to be the site of the Sacred Stone Camp, the first opposition encampment of Dakota Access protests.
In a much-anticipated federal court hearing on Friday, April 9, attorneys from the Department of Justice and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they have not made up their minds on what to do about the embattled North Dakota pipeline, likely leaving its fate in the hands of a federal judge.