Judge denies tribes' request to block Dakota Access pipeline -- for now


"The order also addresses the need to protect the Missouri River from the five or six month's worth of human waste that will flow into the Cannonball River and Lake Oahe if the camp is not cleared and the cleanup expedited".

Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled "that as long as oil isn't flowing through the pipeline, there is no imminent harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes", reported the Associated Press.

They added the pipeline would "desecrate the waters upon which the Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members rely for their most important religious practices".

The US Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday granted final permission for construction, which allowed the developer of the project Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) to move forward despite continued protests by the native tribes and environmental activists. Boasberg, sided with government lawyers, finding the construction of the pipeline does not immediately threaten the water of Lake Oahe on the Missouri River.

Neither the Enbridge news release nor its Securities and Exchange Commission filing made Tuesday night mention Marathon Petroleum Corp., which originally was set to enter a joint venture with Enbridge Energy Partners that would spend $2 billion on a combined stake in the project.

Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said protesters have "assaulted numerous pipeline personnel", destroyed millions of dollars' worth of construction equipment and even fired a pistol at law enforcement during months of demonstrations against the 1,200-mile pipeline, which will carry North Dakota oil to an IL terminal. That's the last big section needed before the pipeline could carry North Dakota oil to IL.

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The United States can not meet its burden of demonstrating that a compelling governmental interest justifies siting this pipeline under these sacred waters owned by the Tribe. Protesters have criticized law enforcement for using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons in frigid weather.

Federal Judge James Boasberg on Monday refused to immediately grant the request but said he'll more fully consider the idea at a February 27 hearing.

"In this arbitrary and capricious reversal of course, the Trump Administration is circumventing the law: wholly disregarding the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and ignoring the legally required environmental review".

The vehicle estimate is more than double the original count by local officials, who have aided the Standing Rock Sioux in hauling off tons of garbage scattered across U.S.

The US Army Corps of Engineers ordered on February 3 those camping on federal property to vacate to prevent injuries and significant environmental damage in the likely event of flooding in the area.