for Dakota access
The administration declined to make a decision on the Dakota Access pipeline in an appearance in federal court on April 9, but the court could instead take action.
The Dakota Access pipeline shutdown could remove 570,000 barrels per day of takeaway capacity from the Bakken shale formation.
One solution to reducing dependence on imports would be to build pipeline capacity connecting the Bakken area to refineries on the East Coast.
With an eye on his legacy, President Obama is trying to ink a few energy and environmental victories before he leaves the White House. The Dakota Access pipeline, the BLM's fracking rule, and monument designations are key areas of focus for the outgoing administration.
Rather than focus on midstream infrastructure, environmentalists should focus their energy on reducing oil demand if they want to reduce consumption.