A federal judge in Iowa has denied a request for a restraining order against protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, and Alberta will increase its monitoring of in-situ oilsands plants

A federal judge in Des Moines, Iowa, has denied a request for a temporary restraining order to prevent activists from interfering with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa.

According to the Des Moines Register, the ruling on Aug. 30 means protests can proceed in rural Boone County. The decision to reject the motion for a restraining order concluded that Dakota Access was seeking an “extraordinary and drastic remedy” that should be issued in exceptional circumstances.

The judge also scheduled a hearing for Friday on a request by Dakota Access to determine whether a preliminary injunction should be ordered to restrict the activists.

Alberta To Step Up Monitoring of In-Situ Oilsands Plants

The Alberta government says it will increase environmental monitoring of in-situ oilsands plants following research showing they can release contaminants into the land and water.

A study released Aug. 29 shows that bitumen extraction using injected steam rather than open-pit mining released low levels of toxins into a small lake near an in-situ site near Cold Lake, Alberta.

Alberta Environment says that’s enough to step up monitoring of all in-situ plants, which now produce more than half of Alberta’s bitumen. The group says it’s crucial to know how potentially toxic chemicals are being released and where troubles spots might be.

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