Temporary Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: Dakota Access Pipeline Stopped within 20 Miles of Lake Oahe

Construction workers desecrated sacred burial grounds on last Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Construction workers desecrated sacred burial grounds on last Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Published September 17, 2016

WASHINGTON— The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a temporary victory on Friday, September 16, 2016, when a federal appeals court ordered construction stopped on the Dakota Access pipeline within 20 miles of Lake Oahe. The order was issued to allow the appeals court time to consider the tribe’s emergency injunction request.

This administrative injunction came late Friday in response to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction filed after U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg on Friday, September 9, 2016, denied its request for a preliminary injunction to stop construction on the pipeline while the tribe’s lawsuit is pending against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe posted the following statement on its Facebook page Friday evening:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a short-term injunction halting all Dakota Access Pipeline construction 20 miles in both directions of Lake Oahe until the court can make a final decision on the motion for injunctive relief pending appeal. This is a temporary administrative injunction and is meant to maintain status quo while the court decides what to do with the Tribe’s motion.

The Tribe appreciates this brief reprieve from pipeline construction and will continue to oppose this project, which will severely jeopardize its water and cultural resources. We will not rest until our lands, people, waters, and sacred sites are permanently protected from this destructive pipeline.

No date has been set for the appeals hearing.


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