The following is an excerpt from James Hill | March 7, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., denied a last-ditch effort by the Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes to halt the flow of oil through the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday.
The ruling -- by U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg -- means oil could be moving through the controversial pipeline as soon as next week.
The tribes had asked the court for a preliminary injunction last month -- following the Trump administration’s decision to grant an easement for the pipeline’s final stretch, which runs under the bed of Lake Oahe, a federally regulated reservoir that is a source of drinking water for both tribes.
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Chase Iron Eyes, the lead counsel of the Lakota People’s Law Project, called Tuesday's ruling “unjust and unacceptable.”
The pipeline had been stalled since last summer as tribal members and other protesters camped out near the construction zone and as the Obama administration deliberated over whether to grant the easement -- ultimately declining to do so -- in early December.
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