Energy Transfer LP, the operator of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Northern United States, said it is appealing an injunction against the pipeline.
The court previously ruled that the permit issued by the authorities for the construction of the pipeline did not meet the standards of legislation in the field of nature protection. Moreover, the court considered the violation to be so significant that it found it impossible to continue working the pipeline until it was eliminated. The pipe is ordered to be closed within 30 days.
“The court made an ill-considered decision that needs to be quickly corrected,” the company said in a statement.
In her opinion, the judge exceeded his authority by ordering the closure of the pipeline after three years of operation due to alleged licensing problems.
“We intend to file a motion to suspend the decision immediately. If the request is not granted, we will seek to suspend the decision through an expedited appeal in a higher court,” the company said in a statement.
The company claims that the economic consequences of closing the pipeline will be very large — billions of dollars will be lost. The company also claims that the pipeline is safe and critical for the country’s energy infrastructure.
The Dakota Access pipeline supplies oil from the fracking fields of North Dakota to a distribution hub in Illinois.