Judge Grants Pipeline Stoppage in North Dakota

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project poses several issues that lead me to disagree with the company's decision to perform construction along the southern edge of North Dakota. Four security guards and two guard dogs were injured in the protest.

One of these sites-a stone representation of a constellation used for prayer for a select group of Tribal leaders-was described by Mentz as "one of the most significant archaeological finds in North Dakota in many years".

Citibank is being targeted because it is one of the financial institutions whose loans have funded the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The statement didn't say how many officers were being added. "That's just wrong", said Jan Hasselman, an attorney with Earthjustice, the law firm representing the tribe.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Tuesday that Stein will face trespassing and vandalism charges. The shoreline was destroyed and hundreds of sea animals died-and that was ocean water, not the valuable drinkable water that sustains thousands of Natives on the reservation and downstream.

US District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop between North Dakota's State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe.

Speaking to Democracy Now! on Tuesday, Hasselman reiterated how important these ancient burial sites are to the Standing Rock Sioux and the "shock and anguish" felt by the tribes when it was clear that Energy Transfer Partners took the newly filed information about the archaeological sites and "12 hours later, the bulldozers were out".

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn't oppose the tribe's most recent request, with Assistant Attorney General John Cruden saying in court documents that "the public interest would be served by preserving peace". The Standing Rock Sioux are not satisfied, however, because the order only covers about half of the land that they asked for.

"Today's denial of a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access Pipeline west of Lake Oahe puts my people's sacred places at further risk of ruin and desecration".

As detailed in a report just released by Food & Water Watch, the Standing Rock Sioux are not just up against the oil and gas industry and the federal government.

The judge is expected to issue a decision on the matter later this week.

On Saturday, protests turned violent after construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural grounds located on private land.

That motion is based on the tribes' claim that it was not properly consulted before the U-S Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline project which would run from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and IL.

  • Michelle Webb