Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order

July 8, 2020

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge rejected a request for an emergency order to delay the process of shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while attorneys appeal a ruling to shutter the pipeline during the course of an environmental review.

Pipeline attorneys filed the motion – along with a notice of appeal – late Monday after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled to stop the flow of oil by Aug. 5.

In denying the request for an expedited ruling, Boasberg said Tuesday he will schedule a status hearing to discuss scheduling when he receives the Dakota Access motion to keep the pipeline running.

Dakota Access attorney William Scherman said in his motion filed Monday that shutting down the pipeline requires a number of time-consuming and expensive steps that would take “well more” than 30 days.