A federal judge ruled on Friday that the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) does not have to inform the public about potential spill risks.
The ruling was the latest in an ongoing battle between Energy Transfer Partners and two indigenous tribes. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux wanted the data on spill risks to be made public, so they could push for more environmental impact studies.
However, Energy Transfer Partners believes that making such information public would increase the risk for vandalism and terrorism by identifying weak spots in the pipeline. While it was confirmed that someone used a torch to burn holes in portions of the pipeline last month, the term “terrorism” has been thrown around all too casually when it comes to the Dakota Access Pipeline.