The Atlantic Coast Pipeline wasn’t the only U.S. pipeline to recently take a hit.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to temporarily shut down for environmental review on July 5 – and he gave them 30 days to do it. Boasberg said, “…The impossibility of a simple fix, the fact that Dakota Access did assume much of its economic risk knowingly, and the potential harm each day the pipeline operates, the Court is forced to conclude that the flow of oil must cease,” according to the Associated Press.
The Keystone XL pipeline, which would follow a 1,200-mile path from an Alberta hub to Nebraska, was also waiting for a greenlight to start production after the U.S. Supreme Court “without explanation or noted dissent, left in force part of a federal court order that blocks use of a key federal permit,” per Bloomberg. “Although the justices cleared the way for other oil-and-gas pipeline construction projects to use the permit, they refused to do so for Keystone XL,” Bloomberg reported.
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