Judge al­lows Dakota pipe­line to keep run­ning

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION + WORLD -

BIS­MARCK» A fed­eral judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line can con­tinue op­er­at­ing while a study is com­pleted to as­sess its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on an Amer­i­can In­dian tribe.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge James Boas­berg’s de­ci­sion will come as a blow to the Stand­ing Rock Sioux, who have ar­gued that an oil spill from the pipe­line un­der Lake Oahe — from which the tribe draws its wa­ter — could have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the tribal com­mu­nity.

“To­day’s de­ci­sion is a dis­ap­point­ing con­tin­u­a­tion of a his­toric pat­tern: Other peo­ple get all the prof­its, and the tribes get all the risk and harm,” said Jan Has­sel­man, an Earthjus­tice at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing the tribe in an on­go­ing fed­eral law­suit through which Stand­ing Rock and three other tribes still hope to shut down the pipe­line.

Boas­berg found that it is likely the Army Corps of En­gi­neers will be able to jus­tify pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions made while per­mit­ting the pipe­line.

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