Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

Federal judge supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

Federal judge supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

With snow falling, the Native Nations Rise march took off from the headquarters of the army corps of engineers, the federal agency that authorized construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The Army Corps of Engineers agreed February 8 to grant the final easement for the Dakota pipeline to pass under Lake Oahe.

"We have not lost this battle", Goldtooth said. The Cheyenne River members argue that this construction of Dakota pipelines will violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Standing Rock Sioux chairman Dave Archambault II after the legal victory in December.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their backers say the pipeline threatens the Missouri River and the Lake Oahe reservoir, a key drinking water source.

It was on that claim that U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied their motion for a preliminary injunction. The attorneys also argued that the danger of oil spills is not the only problem with this stretch of the pipeline: the mere presence of the piece of infrastructure in the Lake Oaho will render its water impure and the tribes won't be able to use it in their religious practices. Dallas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline will be safe. The decision "further demonstrates that both the Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access have fully complied with all established laws and regulations", spokesman Craig Stevens said.

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Raymond Kingfisher, of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, told The Huffington Post that he traveled to Standing Rock six times over the a year ago to join the protests.

Former President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline in November 2015, citing concerns about climate change.

He predicted that the ruling and the Trump administration's pro-oil stance could clear the way for more pipelines. At that point the pipeline would be considered fully operational. Opponents of the pipeline, hoping to bring a message to President Donald Trump.

Tribal members will gather on the National Mall Tuesday to begin four days of activities.

"Water is sacred", protesters of the Native Nations Rise march chanted as they proceeded down the Pennsylvania ave in a light drizzle, demanding the US government retract a decision to lay the 1,172 mile long Dakota Access Pipeline which cuts across the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation.

On Friday, the Tribe led a protest against the construction of the pipeline with a march through Washington, DC that ended with a rally in front of the White House.

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