US Judge Strikes Down Tribe Request to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Construction

US Judge Strikes Down Tribe Request to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Construction”

A US federal judge denied a request that would have stopped work on the final final 1,100 feet of the pipeline.

The $3.8 billion pipeline would transport oil from North Dakota to an existing pipeline in IL and would cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Iron Eyes is helping lead opposition to the pipeline, which would move North Dakota oil to IL.

Although the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, along with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have been challenging the pipeline since past year, arguments on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia centered on a new argument that the Cheyenne River tribe raised in its latest court papers: that the pipeline would burden their exercise of religion, in violation of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"The tribes will continue to pursue legal remedies through the courts, seek an injunction against the pipeline and push for the full Environmental Impact Statement to be completed", he said.

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Energy Transfer Partners maintains that the pipeline is safe and disputes that cultural sites have been affected.

The Corps says in court documents that the tribes will have plenty of time to make their case before oil flows through the pipeline, and a work stoppage isn't warranted.

Energy Transfer Partners takes issue with the tribes' argument that the work threatens its religion, which depends on pure water.

The Cheyenne River tribe filed the request last week, after ETP got permission from the Army to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

According to the Army Corps, the Dakota Access Pipeline will be completed along its scheduled route as planned. Further, the Standing Rock Sioux (who have led the headline-grabbing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline for almost a year) claim that installing the pipeline has damaged and even destroyed ancient sacred sites, including burial grounds.

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U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., is hearing arguments Monday afternoon.

Two American Indian tribes have asked a federal judge to stop construction of the last stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline, adding a religious freedom component to their argument that it would endanger their cultural sites and water supply.

Last week, the Cheyenne River Sioux filed a motion for a restraining order, claiming that the U.S.

Heeding instructions by President Donald Trump to let the project move forward, the Army Corps of Engineers issued a final easement permit on February 8 that would let Energy Transfer Partners cross the Missouri River under Lake Oahe in North Dakota to finish the pipeline.

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