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Dakota Access owner and tribes opposing pipeline meet in court

14 February, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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Along with the pipeline owner, the Army Corps is also opposing the request for a restraining order, arguing that the tribes have failed to show any evidence of immediate harm that would result from the construction of the pipeline through which no oil will flow or at least another 53 days.

A federal judge on Monday rejected requests from Native American tribes to suspend construction on the final section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Reuters reports.

They also say the pipeline will damage sacred burial sites.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes asked for a temporary injunction against construction, pending a lawsuit against the pipeline.

Developer Energy Transfer Partners last week received final approval from the Army to lay pipe under the Missouri River in North Dakota _ the final chunk of construction for the 1,200-mile pipeline to move North Dakota oil to IL.

The pipeline would "desecrate the waters upon which the Cheyenne River Sioux tribal members rely for their most important religious practices" the tribe wrote in court papers.

The US Army Corp of Engineers filed documents favoring Energy Transfer Partners, having granted the final easement for DAPL last Tuesday.

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The company only needs to build a final 1,100-foot (335 meter) connection in North Dakota under Lake Oahe, part of the Missouri River system, to complete the pipeline.

Iron Eyes is helping lead opposition to the pipeline, which would move North Dakota oil to IL. Amid the renewed effort to complete the project, the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribe vowed to continue their legal battle through the courts.

USA military veterans even raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and had begun heading back to North Dakota to lend their bodies as human shields to protect protesters struggling to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from ever running under Lake Oahe. After all, the Washington D.C. judge was the same man who denied the tribes' request to halt the pipeline project last September.

Arguing against the claim that the project would violate the Cheyenne River tribe's religious freedom, Dakota Access attorney William S. Scherman said in today's brief that this allegation, which had not previously been raised in the lawsuit, comes far too late in the process.

The Army Corps has said it will close remaining camps on federal lands along the Cannonball River in North Dakota after February 22.

The Army plans to close the protest camp on February 22.

Protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline have yet to publicly comment on Monday's decision, or if protesters will continue attempts to remain at their camps if the Army attempts to remove them later this month.

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