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Court Rejects Dakota Access Request to Freeze Procedural Order

May 13, 2021, 3:09 PM

Federal judges won’t freeze a formal mandate that locks in their ruling that the Dakota Access pipeline was permitted unlawfully.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday rejected pipeline lawyers’ request to delay issuing the mandate while the company pursues a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge David S. Tatel, Judge Patricia A. Millett, and Senior Judge David B. Sentelle denied the request in a customary short order without explanation.

Lawyers for the embattled Energy Transfer LP oil pipeline requested the delay last month, saying it was necessary to “preserve the status quo.” ...

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