A judge won't temporarily block work on the Dakota Access Pipeline

A tribe asked a judge to block the pipeline while lawsuits worked their way through the courts.
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A federal judge isn't granting a request to temporarily block further construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

The Cheyenne River Sioux tribe went to the courts last week to try to stop the pipeline from being finished while a lawsuit tribes had filed earlier worked through the courts, PBS reported.

The court challenge came after Energy Transfer Partners – the company building the pipeline – got permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to finish construction, which had been delayed by an Army Corps decision made in the waning days of the Obama White House.

On Monday, a federal judge in U.S. District Court denied the tribe's request, Reuters reports. The tribe had argued the pipeline would infringe upon their First Amendment rights to practice their religion, because it could permanently harm the water there the tribes need, The Atlantic said.

The Dakota Access Pipeline route goes underneath Lake Oahe, which is part of the Missouri River – the main source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The pipeline hasn't been built beneath it yet, but work's been done on both sides. They just need to be connected.

According to The Hill, while the judge Monday said he wouldn't grant the restraining order to temporarily block the pipeline, he did promise to make a broader ruling on the broader injunction before oil begins flowing through the pipe. He set a hearing for later this month.

For more on the pipeline's background, including arguments for and against it, check out this previous story.

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