Hoeven Statement on DAPL Court Ruling

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shutdown beginning August 5 while the U.S. Army Corps completes an environmental impact statement:

“The Dakota Access Pipeline is vital energy infrastructure for North Dakota and our nation. The pipeline is equipped with the latest safeguards and technology, and after undergoing years of thorough state regulatory reviews and an extensive federal environmental assessment, it has been operating safely since 2017. Today’s district court ruling comes at a very difficult time because it will severely impact our state’s economy at the same time we are working to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate the company will appeal the decision to the Circuit Court which should allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue to operate while the Army Corps of Engineers works to finalize its environmental impact statement.”