Court Says Impacts of Pipeline at Standing Rock were not studied -
Today a court has said the impact review was inadquate -
Although the Corps substantially complied with NEPA in many areas, the Court agrees that it did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.
Appeal is likely in the matter at Standing Rock, and you can bet the fossil fuel industry everywhere is watching. These battles are happening in communities across the United States and here in Ventura County...
Photo: google earth image of Ventura Oil Field operated by Aera Energy, permitted under an Antiquated Permit with no expiration date and no current environmental review.
CFROG has been asking the county to complete proper environment impacts studies since 2013 when it reviews oil and gas expansion plans. The county has yet to fully comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and lawsuits have been filed. HERE is information on one case we are co-claimants on - aimed at making sure impacts to riparian habitat that serves as a home for the endangered steelhead trout is protected. Confirmed habitat - the fish are able to "hibernate" of a sort - and even in trout years can be found.
Why are agencies so quick to approve these projects without proper study? Are they being pressured to not do the study? What is the industry afraid of?
Study the impacts! No Study No Approval. We stand with Standing Rock.