US Government Blocks Dakota Access Pipeline


On Friday, a federal judge decided to deny the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's attempt to halt the construction of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, which would transfer crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

But the US government ultimately stepped in and issued a statement that said it would temporarily halt construction of a section of the pipeline.

The statement said,

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asserted the proposed $3.7 billion pipeline would threaten its land, culture, history and economy.

Moreover, given the pipeline would run under Lake Oahe, located near the tribe's reservation, tribe members were also deeply concerned an oil spill would potentially contaminate their drinking water supply.

There have been ongoing protests against the pipeline, which recently turned violent when security guards working for the company building the pipeline attacked Native American protestors with dogs.

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Subsequently, US District Judge James Boasberg decided to partially halt construction on the pipeline, announcing he'd come to a more comprehensive decision on Friday.

As we now know, the judge ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which then prompted the US government to intervene and temporarily halt the pipeline's construction.

While it didn't initially say much on this subject, it now appears the Obama administration feels the concerns of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe must be taken seriously.

In a country with a long history of oppressing and neglecting indigenous peoples, this is definitely a victory for Native Americans.

Citations: Government Steps In After Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Stop Pipeline (ABC News)