Judge Denies Standing Rock Injunction, US Dept's Halt Pipeline Construction for Re-evaluation
By Brenda Norrell
Photo by Liz McKenzie:
Standing Rock Camp
WASHINGTON -- The United States Deptartments of Justice, Army, and Interior will not allow Dakota Access Pipeline construction to continue near Lake Oahe, being defended by Standing Rock Sioux Nation, until re-evaluated, even though a federal judge denied an injunction today.
“The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or other federal laws. Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time."
However, the statement was misleading. As it turns out, it is "voluntary," whether the pipeline halts construction. Further, it only applies to 20 miles east and west of the lake.
The Obama administration states, "we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe."
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington denied the Standing Rock Sioux Nation an injunction today to halt the pipeline.
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