The oil and gas industry, stung by two major pipeline setbacks on consecutive days, responded with disappointment on July 6, along with a vow to come out swinging in court.

A federal district judge on July 6 ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to be emptied and shut down, pending results of an environmental impact study to be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers. This came a day after Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced they would cancel the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after pumping an estimated $3.6 billion into the project. The companies cited ongoing delays and the likelihood of future litigation risks from opponents that include environmental groups.

“We believe that the ruling issued this morning from Judge [James] Boasberg is not supported by the law or the facts of the case,” Energy Transfer LP said in a statement. “Furthermore, we believe that Judge Boasberg has exceeded his authority in ordering the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been safely operating for more than three years.”

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