Spencer Keeton Cunningham
It was good while it lasted NYC . But I will be in Washington DC to protest the Presidential inauguration and do some NODAPL graffiti on the side of the White House now. Till next time... ALSO It's official -- the Dept of the Army has opened a new environmental review of DAPL
The wealthy DAPL backers made a last-minute attempt to block a critical notice from appearing in the Federal Register. But after a judge declined to take action it was officially published the next day on Wed.
"This notice advises the public that the Department of the Army, as lead agency, is gathering information necessay for an EIS. The document states. "This notice opens the public scoping phase and invites interested parties to identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in an EIS." The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, appeared poised to approve the crossing over the tribe's objections, going so far as to announce an "final" environmental assessment last July. The firm remained confident of success even as thousands came to North Dakota to support the #NoDAPL Movement.
The Army Corps was effectively removed as the "lead" agency, as confirmed in the notice published in the Federal Register. That means the process going forward will be handled by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, rather than the Army Corps. That's a departure from typical practice -- the Army Corps almost always is in charge of environmental impact statements for projects affecting land under its jurisdiction.
Now that the notice has been published, comments about the Dakota Access EIS must be submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works by Feb 20. "The range of issues, alternatives, and potential impacts may be expanded based on comments received in response to this notice and at public scoping meetings," the notice reads.
Even though the notice has officially been published, the legal team for Dakota Access pushed for a hearing on the matter anyway. It takes place in Courtroom 19 of the federal courthouse in Washington, DC
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