Fort Yates, N.D.— Yesterday, attorneys representing the Dakota Access Pipeline filed a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) asking the Court to block the publication of the announcement about the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the federal register, which we are anticipating this week. DAPL is arguing that we must wait for the court to decide whether or not the necessary easements have already been granted; a different lawsuit that both the Tribe and the Dept. of Justice (representing the Corps) have moved to have dismissed. The Army Corps has also issued statements that directly contradict DAPL’s claim.
Dakota Access is clearly concerned that an EIS will seriously jeopardize their proposed project. While Dakota Access is seeking to block an EIS, the Tribe is confident that the fair and comprehensive process of an EIS will illustrate what the Tribe has been saying all along—the Dakota Access cannot properly cross under Lake Oahe at the location immediately upstream of the Standing Rock reservation. The best way to analyze the alternative routes is through a full EIS.