Dakota Access to Temporarily Stop Construction on Parts of Pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline has agreed to temporarily halt construction on parts of an area that tribal groups claim is the location of sacred significance.

After violent protests erupted Saturday between protestors and security officers near a construction site, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and another tribe filed for a temporary restraining order against the pipeline developers.

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that he granted part of the temporary restraining order and denied another part of it because he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land. He said he would decide Friday about whether to grant the tribes’ request to revoke the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permits for the pipeline construction.

The protestors said the decision made by Boasberg puts burial and prayer sites at risk as the temporary restraining order only keeps Dakota Access Pipeline away from half of an allegedly sacred tribal site.

The protestors now wait for Boasberg’s decision Friday and plan to appeal his decision if he does not grant the protestors’ request.