A federal appeals court ruled on Sunday to allow construction to resume on a small section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which means construction workers can continue building within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
Construction on the 20-mile section around Lake Oahe had been temporarily stopped while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia considered requests made by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to continue work stoppage on that section of the pipeline.
The ruling is a victory for North Dakota’s congressional delegation and The Laborers International Union who applauded the court’s decision that they said showed the pipeline is a “lawfully permitted project.”
Protestors have said in previous reports that they will not rest until the pipeline is stopped.
A temporary halt is still in effect on land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in North Dakota next to and under Lake Oahe as the federal government continues to reconsider permits.