Tuesday, February 28, 2017

No ruling yet on Dakota Access pipeline work

Associated Press (ap.org); Pat Macpherson, Xochitl, Seth Auberon (eds.) Wisdom Quarterly
Ritual fire set by protesters burns in background as militant proponents of Dakota Access pipeline shut down main protest camp near Cannon Ball, N.D. Federal judge will hear arguments Feb. 28th on whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed line, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune/AP).

"We stand with Standing Rock"; ergo, we stand against Wells Fargo Bank (AP).

No immediate ruling made on Dakota Access pipeline work
"We stand with Standing Rock" (AP)
WASHINGTON, DC - A federal judge said today (Feb. 28, 2017) that he'll decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline over claims that it violates the religious rights of two Indian tribes.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg told lawyers at a hearing that he wants to issue a ruling before oil begins flowing in the pipeline, which could be weeks away.

Judge Boasberg is considering a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to order the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw permission to lay pipe under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. 

The pipeline has prompted months of protests [from peacefully demonstrating Water Protectors engaged in legal civil disobedience while bankers break the law] and [led lawbreaking bankers to push violent police to make] hundreds of arrests.
Oceti Sakowin Camp, resisting North Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners
The stretch under the Missouri River reservoir is the last piece of construction for the $3.8 billion pipeline, which would move oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois.

Tribal attorney Nicole Ducheneaux argued during the 1½ hour hearing that the mere existence of an oil pipeline under the reservoir that provides water to neighboring reservations violates their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water.

Boasberg asked Ducheneaux how there could be a contamination issue if "the pipeline itself doesn't even touch the water." "Can you claim a property interest in the land as well as the water?" he asked. More

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