NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to temporarily stop construction on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their reservation in North Dakota.
Tribal officials challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion pipeline that is intended to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg comes amid growing protests over the pipeline, which would cross the Missouri River less than a mile upstream of the reservation.
The tribe argues the pipeline could impact drinking water and that construction has already disturbed ancient sacred sites.
A lawyer for the tribe says the ruling will be appealed.