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Department Of Justice Steps In To Stop Construction On Pipeline

The Department of Justice stepped in after a judge denied the tribe's motion to halt construction on the $3.8 billion pipeline project.

By Kate Grumke | September 9, 2016

Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock reservation has been halted. After the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the tribe's motion to stop the project, the Departments of Justice, the Interior and the Army stepped in.

Thousands of people in North Dakota are protesting the construction of the pipeline. They have been camped out at the site for months, and they call themselves "water protectors," not protesters.

SEE MORE: American Indians Stand Together To Shut Down Pipeline Project

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The $3.8 billion pipeline doesn't quite cross the Standing Rock reservation, but it will cross the Missouri River, less than a mile from the reservation.

SEE MORE: Anti-Pipeline Activists Take Their Fight To Washington, DC

The Army now decides whether to reconsider the path of the pipeline's construction. Until then, the project is on hold.

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