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FACT CHECK: Does the Dakota Access Pipeline need to be shut down during additional environmental review?

The University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt News published an opinion column calling for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172 mile crude oil pipeline that runs from North Dakota to Illinois, to be shut down as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an additional environmental impact statement (EIS) on the pipeline as ordered by a federal judge last week. The column reads:

Until a more in-depth environmental statement is complete, we will not know the full scope of the pipeline’s risks. It’s possible that the USACE was accurate in its findings, but it’s also possible that the tribe’s concerns are valid.

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FACT CHECK: Should DAPL Optimization be put on hold?

CLAIM: The Chicago Tribune recently highlighted environmental activists continued opposition to the proposed optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The project – which has been approved by regulators in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa – is awaiting a decision from the Illinois Commerce Commission after hearings took place in early March. On March 25, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must conduct additional environmental review of the pipeline despite nearly three years of safe operation. The Tribune reported:

Citing the judge’s ruling, as well as possible ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on domestic and

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