The headlines screaming of the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline no longer are as many as they once were. But opponents to the North Dakota pipeline say their legal fight is as active as ever in the courts.
And if nothing else came out of the protest by Native Americans and thousands of others from Oklahoma and many other states, it raised awareness of other energy developers.
“They don’t want to attract the attention of the protests more than anything else,” said Brandon Barnes, litigation analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence. He told Energy Wire developers of other projects are especially aware of the impact of social media.
And it is the social media campaigns that might be more important to environmentalists and Native Americans than a courtroom fight.