Judge Halts Part Of Dakota Pipeline, But A Bigger Decision Looms
A judge stopped construction on parts of the Dakota Access Pipeline on one side of a local highway.By Grant Suneson | September 7, 2016
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe won a small victory in its attempt to stop an oil pipeline from being built near its land.
A lawsuit temporarily halted some of the pipeline's construction after a judge ruled the Army Corps of Engineers didn't have jurisdiction on private land. In the suit, the tribe said the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline "desecrated and destroyed" land where chiefs and other leaders were buried.
But the ruling only applies to land east of a local highway. The judge said all the land to the west of the highway is fair game, which the tribe considered a major disappointment.