Judge Denies Standing Rock Injunction, US Dept's Halt Pipeline Construction for Re-evaluation

By Brenda Norrell

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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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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.