Published August 24, 2016
WASHINGTON – Federal District Judge James E. Boarsberge said he will not render a decision on the lawsuit brought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access, LLC.
He indicated that the central legal issue is whether or not proper tribal consultation occurred between the tribes and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Judge Boarsberge said there appears to have been a lack of communication between the Corps of Engineers and the tribes and the failure on the Corps of Engineers’ part to perform the due diligence in the process in the development of the project.
The judge will render his decision on September 9, 2016 and he set September 14 as a date for appeal if either side is not happy with his decision.
In a previous published story, Native News Online reported that there is to be no construction or drilling allowed until a September ruling is rendered.
In today’s order, there was no injunction rendered, which means construction and drilling can continue.
Native News Online apologizes for the misinformation provided earlier.
This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Emelie Jeffries reported for Native News Online from the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington, D.C. Native News Online photo by Mark Charles.