Supporters outside the courthouse saying #NoDAPL. Native News Online photo by Mark Charles
Published February 6, 2017
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Justice Department attorney, acting on behalf of the U.S. Army, was back in U.S. District Court Monday providing timelines to District Judge James Boasberg asked for last week.
Justice Department attorney Matthew Marinelli said the U.S. Army may decide by the end of the week whether to grant an easement across Lake Oahe, which the Sioux tribes of consider sacred.
Jan Hasselman, who is representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, told Judge Boasberg the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had already committed an environmental impact review of the lake crossing; therefore an easement granted before that analysis is complete “would be unlawful.”
Meanwhile, Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Lisa Dillinger said last week that the pipeline would be able to carry oil during the second quarter of this year.
Last Monday, Judge Boasberg ordered both sides to provide timeframes for their work associated with the controversial pipeline.