Well, the Dakota Access Pipeline won't go away - I posted a CRS report on the DAPL last week. Now, here's Nicole T. Carter's CRS Insight report issued on 2 February 2017: Army Corps Easement Process and Dakota Access Pipeline Easement Status.
By the way, the USACE just approved the easement.
Here are the first few paragraphs of the report:
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,172-mile pipeline system to transport oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline's developer is pursuing a route that would cross under the Missouri River on federally owned land in North Dakota at the Lake Oahe project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). Public debate and litigation over the pipeline has raised questions for Congress regarding the Corps process for granting pipeline easements to cross federally owned, Corps-managed land (hereinafter referred to as Corps land), including the scope of impacts considered, especially oil spill risks and tribal impacts. Below is a discussion of both the Corps' process for approving pipeline easements and the DAPL easement request specifically.
Easement Process and DAPL Easement Status
Figure 1 shows the Corps' decisionmaking process for evaluating requests for private oil or gas pipelines to cross Corps land and non-Corps land with a Corps real estate interest (e.g., private lands with a federal flood or other flowage easement). As shown in Figure 1, the process may consist of both
1) Corps permission to alter a Corps civil works project (shown in grey) and
2) Corps easement to cross Corps land or a consent to cross non-Corps land with a Corps real estate interest (shown in beige).
Figure 1. Corps Process for Approving the Crossing of Corps Projects and Real Estate Interests by Oil and Gas Pipelines [click to enlarge]
Click here to finish reading the brief report.
Enjoy! I am sure the DAPL will be back - soon!