AG Derek Schmidt: Dakota Access Pipeline should maintain operations during legal battles to prevent food shortages amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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TOPEKA – (May 4, 2020) – The Dakota Access Pipeline should continue operating while an environmental impact study remains pending because shutting down the pipeline would shift millions of barrels of oil to rail transportation, clogging the rail system at the expense of farmers and agribusinesses in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt told a federal court in a legal brief filed last week. Schmidt, along with the attorneys general of 13 other states, on Friday filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that if an easement allowing operation of the pipeline is vacated, the market will demand that as much North Dakota oil as possible be diverted to the railroads that...

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AG Derek Schmidt: Dakota Access Pipeline should maintain operations during legal battles to prevent food shortages amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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