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A federal judge in Washington, DC ruled yesterday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down and empty all its oil until the government completes an environmental review of the pipeline’s impacts, giving the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies downstream, a huge victory. Similarly, late in the day, the Supreme Court refused to overturn the order of a district judge that shut down construction of parts of the Keystone XL pipeline so it is also blocked for now. But, but, but — the Supreme Court agreed, without any explanation, to the Trump Administration’s request to allow construction to continue on all other pipeline projects covered by the same flawed nationwide permit as the Keystone XL pipeline.
Why It Matters: The Dakota and Keystone XL good news is tempered by the fact that numerous other pipeline projects can go ahead despite their inadequate permit unless they are individually challenged in court and blocked. The “split” decision by the Supreme Court to rule against Keystone but let every other pipeline project go forward will lead to further litigation and uncertainty — ultimately a lose-lose. Ironically, Dominion Energy shuttered its Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project yesterday arguing that construction was blocked by the very order the Supreme Court threw out today. Despite today’s SCOTUS ruling, it should remain canceled — the ACP has too many environmental justice issues to move ahead.
Scaling production of EVs in the U.S. will require a ramp-up in domestic battery production. Now there’s good news on that front. A battery factory in Georgia can move forward after LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation (South Korean companies), two of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturers, settled a dispute.
Why This Matters: The dispute threatened U.S. production of EVs. SK has contracts to produce batteries for electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Volkswagen SUVs.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Right now, 95% of American public school buses run on diesel fuel, but that could soon change thanks to part of the Biden administration’s massive infrastructure proposal. The new Clean Buses for Kids Program would electrify at least 20% of the country’s iconic yellow school bus fleet. It would […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In February, the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware voted unanimously to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin, but Republican-led lawsuits are seeking to stop this action. The ban prevented the natural gas industry from blasting up to 4,000 wells in the basin, serving a blow to the […]
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