© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Indigenous youths protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Line 3 pipeline in Washington, U.S.
By Devika Krishna Kumar and Stephanie Kelly
(Reuters) – A U.S. court could order the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) shut in coming weeks, disrupting deliveries of , and making nearby rail traffic more congested.
WHAT IS DAPL?
The 570,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Dakota Access pipeline, or DAPL, is the largest oil pipeline out of the Bakken shale basin and has been locked in a legal battle with Native American tribes over whether the line can stay open after a judge scrapped a key environmental permit last year.
A federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to update the court on its environmental review of the pipeline by May 3 and decide if it believes the line should shut during the process.
WHAT IS THE DISPUTE?
Native American tribes long opposed to DAPL say the line endangers Lake Oahe, a critical water source. Pipeline construction under the...read more...