3/7/2017 – A federal judge has rejected a request from indigenous tribes to block drilling of the Dakota Access pipeline. James Boasberg in his ruling Tuesday said the tribes didn’t raise the religion argument in a timely fashion. He also questioned its merit. “Although the tribe’s members may feel unable to use the water from Lake Oahe in their religious ceremonies once the pipeline is operational, there is no specific ban on their religious exercise,” he said.
The motion(s) from the Cheyenne River tribe, which is part of the Great Sioux Nation, requested a temporary restraining order to halt construction on many grounds. These requests fell on deaf ears, for now.
Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline, had already “modified the pipeline workspace and route more than a hundred times in response to cultural surveys and Tribes’ concerns regarding historic and cultural resources,” Boasberg wrote, adding that rerouting the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) around the lake “would be more costly and complicated than it would have been months or years ago.” – (More costly sounds like pipelines over people to us.)
Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II called the ruling “disappointing, but not surprising,” adding that he was confident that the tribe would prevail in its ongoing lawsuit.
If this ruling stands, we expect oil to flow this month. We are shocked. We truly thought that this pipeline would pause today.
We have always said – If ever a pipeline required an EIS, it was this one.
We are also shocked at the lack of coverage this announcement has gotten. “Main Stream Media” was absent. It felt as if we were the only ones who thought it could rule in the other direction.
Details are still coming in, paperwork will be provided for fact checking when we can get a copy of the complete 38 page opinion written by the Judge.