Judge blames Corps of Engineers for “liability mess” in North Dakota

North Dakota pipeline protests


A North Dakota U.S. District Court judge lowered the boom last week on the Army Corps of Engineers, saying it created a “mess” over the security costs at the Dakota Access Pipeline.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor not only denied a motion from the federal government to limit the scope of the lawsuit filed by the state of North Dakota over the security costs, he blamed the Corps of Engineers for creating a “liability mess.”

“The (Corps’) failure to follow the permitting procedure opened the gates to North Dakota being damaged by the United States, its agencies, and third parties,” Traynor said.  It let protestors and other hapless federal agencies exacerbate the damages and then left North Dakota to clean it up.”

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