A federal judge gas imposed a temporary halt on construction at some of the Dakota Access pipeline work sites. This ruling comes after extensive protest from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
According to abc News, US District Judge, James Boasberg, ruled that work must temporarily stop between North Dakota's State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe. However, work will continue west of the highway because the judge believes that the US Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land.
After violent clashes between protesters and security officers near the construction site, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had requested the US District Court for the District of Columbia grant a temporary restraining order to halt all construction work.
The chairman of the Tribe, Dave Archambault II, has commented on the decision to temporarily stop work on just some, but not all, of the Dakota Access pipeline, saying that it puts his people's sacred places "at further risk of ruin and desecration."
In a statement posted to Facebook, he said that the tribe is "disappointed" that the judge's decision will not end the destruction of sacred sites while the tribe awaits a different ruling.
Thus, while a temporary halt is now in place, the Tribe’s broader request still remains. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is disappointed with the judge’s decision to partially halt work on the pipeline.
According to Huffington Post, Dakota Access had filed an opposition to the Tribe’s request, accusing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of provoking violence and breaking the law in trying to stop the pipeline.
Judge Boasberg declared that he will rule on the Tribe's challenge of federal regulators' decision to grant permits to the operators of the Dakota Access pipeline by 9 September.
Dakota Access is building the 1100 mile (1170 km) Dakota Access pipeline to bring crude oil from Bakken shale directly to refineries in the US Gulf Coast.
Edited from various sources by Anna NicklinSources: abc News, CBC News, Huffington Post
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