by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:
Despite the delay of two court decisions on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp and supporters from more than 60 tribal nations continue to occupy and oppose the completion of the project.
Several important decisions were brought before judicial and local authorities in relation to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and resistance from indigenous communities, environmentalists, and other allies. On Thursday August 19, after two weeks of protests and arrests at the site of construction, local law enforcement announced that the pipeline would be temporarily put on hold. Despite the temporary halting of activity near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, construction on the Dakota Access pipeline continues elsewhere.
The DAPL, alternatively known as the Bakken Pipeline, is owned by Dallas, Texas based corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., which created the subsidiary Dakota Access LLC. The pipeline will stretch 1,172 miles upon completion and transport crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The project is set to cross the Missouri River not far from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C. decided to delay a decision on whether or not to issue an injunction that would further halt construction on the pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Boasberg told the court he needed more time to look at the issues at hand. While supporters at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation held prayer and ceremony to prepare for the courts decision, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the D.C. court.
The Standing Rock Sioux claim that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Historic Preservation Act by not properly consulting them before approving the project. Earthjustice is representing the tribe in their lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers. “The construction and operation of the pipeline, as authorized by the Corps, threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the tribe,” the lawsuit states. Judge Boasberg said he will make a decision by September 9, with an appeal hearing possible on September 14.
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