Dakota Access owner and tribes opposing pipeline meet in court

  • Dakota Access owner and tribes opposing pipeline meet in court

Dakota Access owner and tribes opposing pipeline meet in court

The Cheyenne River Sioux joined an action filed in July by the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which sought to block the project over concerns about water contamination and destruction of cultural sites.

The tribe said in court papers that the restraining order was necessary because the pipeline, even if it doesn't leak, would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by desecrating water used in religious ceremonies.

The final stretch of the $3.8bn (£3bn) pipeline is being built under a North Dakota reservoir.

USA federal judge denied a request by Native American tribes seeking a halt to construction of the final link in the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday, the controversial project that has sparked months of protests from tribal activists seeking to halt the 1,170-mile line.

The company called the religion argument a "last-minute delay tactic".

The Army Corps of Engineers is objecting to a request by the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes to stop construction of the final big stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline easement would be granted.

US District Judge James Boasberg heard arguments on Monday afternoon before a packed courtroom, and ruled from the bench that the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe failed to show that it would suffer immediate, irreparable harm unless construction of the pipeline was halted right away.

The Corps argued in its filing that a restraining order was unwarranted because the tribes have time to continue with lawsuits before oil flows in the pipeline, The Associated Press reported.

The tribes requested a temporary injunction last week after Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners got federal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir.

Both tribes also warned the pipeline could break and pollute the river, which is the source of drinking water for the tribe and millions of people downstream. But he vowed to rule on the matter before oil runs through the pipeline and set a hearing on the matter for later this month.

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.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters gather in a circle in the center of camp to hear speakers and singers, at a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota where members of the tribe and their supporters have gathered to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), September 3, 2016. Judge Boasberg unceremoniously denied the Native American tribes' legal request with little time wasted.