NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's attempt to halt construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation was denied Friday by a federal judge.
The tribe had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners' $3.8 billion pipeline, saying that the project violates several federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and will harm water supplies. The tribe also says ancient sacred sites have been disturbed.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington denied the tribe's request for a temporary injunction in a one-page ruling that included no explanation. It ordered the parties to appear for a status conference on Sept. 16.
UPDATE: Soon after the tribe lost in court, the Obama administration announced it will pause construction of the pipeline, the New York Times reports. Here's the statement from the Department of Justice, Army, and Department of the Interior.
The Stranger's Sydney Brownstone is in North Dakota, where thousands of people from tribes across the country have come to stand against the pipeline.
She'll have more on today's news soon. She has more details about today's news right here.
Yesterday, the governor announced he would call in the National Guard ahead of today's court decision.
Follow Sydney here. Read her previous coverage of the standoff, the activists who locked themselves to pipeline construction equipment, the school for native children among the protest camps, the canoe family who traveled from Tacoma, and Jill Stein's unsatisfying visit. And listen to Sydney talk about the historic action on Blabbermouth right here.