Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

Archambault has said the tribe intends to continue looking for legal options to fight the pipeline.

"In the interim, we request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe".

"I just want to say that I hope they stop the pipeline and I hope they know and think about how it's going to be in 50 years".

Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for the company, said it had no comment.

"Oh my God, it's overwhelming", said Cindy Williams, a Coeur d'Alene tribal councilwoman. Kingi Snelgar believes the Obama administration had no choice but to intervene. The tribe revealed that they will still appeal the judge's ruling.

The competing decisions may calm emotions at the proposed pipeline site.

Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, said some people may leave this weekend, but he expects many to stay and watch what Dakota Access does next.

"There is no question it will be much more hard and costly for these projects to move forward in the future", said Brian Jorde, an Omaha, Nebraska, lawyer who is working with opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline created to move crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Energy Transfer Partners, the group behind the project, has already started soliciting commitments to help transport North Dakota oil through the system. It would also add 8,000 to 12,000 construction jobs, the developer said.

"Considering they need a permit from the Army Corps to cross under Lake Oahe, thumbing their nose at the Army Corps sounds like a bad strategy", Hasselman told Forum News Service Saturday. The tribe worries about the potential for an oil spill and the pipeline's effect on cultural sites.

Critics, however, contend that sacred sites were never threatened by the pipeline - a view reflected in the judge's ruling.

The federal judge's ruling today denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request to stop $3.8 billion dollar four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation. They claimed that the permits granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in June violate "multiple federal statutes, " like the National Historic Preservation Act.

But the tribe received good news a brief time later.

Frank, and other members of Washington tribes, traveled to Cannon Ball North Dakota last week to join the protests on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

But then the devastation turned to jubilation thanks to a surprise statement from federal officials announcing they would not authorize construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Army Corps of Engineers land bordering and under Lake Oahe until they reassess previous decisions. But that temporary restraining order only halts construction on part of the land the tribe is seeking to protect.

The pipeline, which would carry oil from western North Dakota to IL, would cross under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe a half-mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, according to information posted on the tribe's website.

About 30 environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, have slammed the project, calling it "yet another example of an oil pipeline project being permitted without public engagement or sufficient environmental review"'.

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