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Update: Federal Government Suspends Work on North Dakota Pipeline

September 12, 2016
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Protesters demonstrate against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. North Dakota, U.S. September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen - RTX2OVHS

Protesters demonstrate against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. North Dakota, U.S. September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen – RTX2OVHS

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline is underconstruction. It will cross the Missouri River. It will pass one mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Last Friday a federal judge ruled on the case of the oil pipeline in North Dakota. He said the work could go forward. Then the U.S. government told contractors to stop work. They have stopped work.

It is a victory for the Indians who have opposed the pipeline. The victory may be temporary. They said it would endanger the water supply. They also said it violated sacred lands.

A leader said, “We won the day. There’s a long fight still ahead of us.”

A spokesman for a company that supports the pipeline commented. He said the decision to stop work would have a “chilling effect” on these kinds of projects.

Source: The New York Times September 11, 2016

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