Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sees setback as court lifts injunction in #NoDAPL case
Construction on the controversial and costly Dakota Access Pipeline can resume after a federal appeals court turned away the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for now.
In a short order issued on Sunday evening, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an administrative injunction that had put a halt to construction in a key area of North Dakota. The decision means the company can continue work in areas where the tribe has documented the presence of sacred sites and burial grounds.
But the court noted that Dakota Access has yet to secure approval for an extremely crucial portion of the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers still hasn't issued an easement for the pipeline to build on federal land at Lake Oahe. Without that easement, no oil can flow under the Missouri River.