Judge Rules Against Native American Tribes Seeking to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline
Mar 11 2017
A federal judge denied another attempt by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to temporarily block the construction of the last section of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Army Corps-St Louis' statement included a summary of potential environmental justice impacts, but disregarded the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux as adversely affected because the pipeline crossed near their property and under their water source, but didn't cross their land.
The Army Corps and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners had said the claim was lacking.
Thousands of Native Americans and their supporters marched throughout the heart of the nation's capital on Friday seeking to derail the construction of a controversial oil pipeline.
Judge Boasberg's ruling today is a narrow one, focusing exclusively on a claim raised by the Cheyenne River Sioux under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Just four days after his swearing in, President Trump signed an executive order effectively green-lighting the remainder of the pipeline project.
Though this court case is over, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe still has a separate lawsuitfiled against the Army Corps in July 2016. As of noon local time, there was no reported violence, and the protesters planned to end the march at the White House.
"All of our nation's stand in solidarity with Standing Rock and what's going on over there", said Jocelyn Jones, with the Seneca Nation.
The company is finishing up construction under the Lake Oahe Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota - the last piece of work for the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to a shipping point in IL.
"We are a country that is dependent on oil, we have to take a look at alternative energy", Ron His Horse Is Thunder, former Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The actual legal question of whether the DAPL violates the religious liberty wasn't ruled on by the judge - and the same goes with some of the other legal challenges.
The two tribes feel they weren't properly consulted about the pipeline route, which the government disputes.
The company began drilling under the lake February 8.
The company said in a filing late Monday that it plans to start pumping oil through a section of the line under the Missouri River by the week of March 13. EA-72) - reflected the partisan views of the pipeline company, Dakota Access LLC, and wasn't accurate.
Recently, they maintained a months-long protest camp near the construction zone that drew Native Americans from hundreds of tribes, bringing attention to the indigenous rights movement. There have been about 750 arrests in the region since August.