A federal appeals court denied the request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop construction on a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, arguing that the tribe had failed to demonstrate that an injunction on construction was warranted. That means that construction can resume on a section of the pipeline that runs within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota, a sacred area which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has argued holds deep cultural significance to their community. watch more on link below:
The pipeline, if completed, would run 1,170-miles and transport 470,000 barrels of oil a day across four states. But it would also run within a mile and a half of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation, and could potentially threaten the Missouri River, the tribe’s sole water supply. On September 16, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered a temporary injunction against construction on any part of the pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe, while the court considered whether or not to halt construction further (the project is currently 60 percent complete). Following the court’s decision yesterday, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe expressed disappointment that the court did not decide to extend the halt on construction, but vowed to keep fighting the pipeline.