US halts oil pipeline near Native American tribal lands

Hundreds of people have gathered in three states in a show of solidarity with protesters trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to IL.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says it wasn't adequately consulted by the federal agency that authorized permits for the pipeline, and sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in July.

"They already have destroyed sacred sites", protester Robert Dimas said.

People gather at an encampment to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipe, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on September 3, 2016.

The Omaha World-Herald reports members of four Nebraska Native American tribes participated in a demonstration in downtown Omaha against the pipeline Thursday evening outside the offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which granted permits for the project.

While we are troubled this situation even reached this level of contention, we are grateful that it is now sparking meaningful conversations never held at this level of government - conversations that actually take into consideration the needs and wishes of tribes when it comes to infrastructure projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline.

At the same time, however, government officials were promising to temporarily halt construction of the pipeline on federally owned land. This story also clarifies that the federal government stopped construction near Lake Oahe and requested the company do so on a wider stretch.

The private company building the pipeline must stop work on Army-owned land until federal officials can re-examine previous decisions about the project, the joint statement said.

North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said in a statement Friday the industry group is pleased with the judge's ruling but disappointed but disappointed with the federal agencies' decision to postpone construction.

Boasberg wrote that after reviewing the extensive record, he found the Corps has likely complied with the National Historic Preservation Act while the tribe has not shown it will suffer injury that would be prevented by any injunction the court could issue. Thirty protesters were arrested in August for trespassing on the project's construction site in Iowa, and eight were arrested in North Dakota.

At least 100 people gathered Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Tribal leaders have argued that leaks from the pipeline would impact the Missouri River, a source of water for 8,000 residents of a reservation about a mile away from where the pipeline would cross.

Thousands of people have swelled campgrounds near the site of the proposed pipeline, drawing high-profile protesters like Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and actress Shailene Woodley.

It was envisioned as a safer way to transport highly flammable oil extracted from the Bakken Shale formation in North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada than on trains.

They're awaiting a critical ruling from a federal judge on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's request to block the $3.8 billion pipeline over environmental concerns. Demonstrators said the guards used pepper spray and tear gas on the activists, and some protesters were injured by the guards' dogs. The almost 1,200-mile pipeline is more than 40 percent complete and scheduled to be in service by the end of the year.

Many are coming from the protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, about 40 miles south of Bismarck.

"Our indigenous people have been warning for 500 years that the destruction of Mother Earth is going to come back and it's going to harm us", said David Archambault, tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux.

The $3.8 billion pipeline is to carry oil from western North Dakota to IL.



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