Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Court Denies Preliminary Injunction In Tribal Challenge To Dakota Pipeline

AP reports that a federal district judge in Washington, D.C. yesterday refused to grant a temporary injunction against construction of the portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline running under Lake Oahe.  The Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes had sued claiming that the pipeline violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. (See prior posting.) The judge ruled on the motion after an hour-long hearing, concluding that the Tribe's religious exercise would not be infringed before oil actually begins running through the pipeline. Full arguments on the motion will be heard by the court on Feb. 27.