The Dakota Access oil pipeline looks to stay in service at least through December under a new court briefing schedule, as the D.C. federal court will not be prepared to rule until late December at the earliest on the effort to shut the pipeline.

According to the proposed schedule, tribes opposed to Dakota Access would have until Oct. 16 to file a new request to shutter it, lawyers for the Army Corps of Engineers and pipeline operator Energy Transfer (NYSE:ET) would have until Nov. 20 to respond, and the tribes would have until Dec. 18 for final briefs.

Amid the fight over Dakota Access’ environmental impact and permits, Energy Transfer recently said it expects expanded capacity will be available on the pipeline by Q3 2021.


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