February 16, 2017
Native American tribes have filed yet another legal motion seeking to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Legal experts said the attempt faces long odds but may be the tribes' best hope for blocking the project. “Courts generally grant agencies substantial deference on how to proceed under the environmental policy act,” said Wayne D’Angelo. He also stated that while he expects the judge to deny the motion, there's little legal precedent for how and when a new administration can shift course on a decision like this. "There's not a ton of case law out there on it," he said. "I think how courts view these policy shifts back and forth is interesting, and this is an important issue."
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