After Dakota Access filed suit against protestors who were interrupting the project construction timeline and threatening workers, a federal judge ordered on Tuesday that protestors not interfere with the line.
U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted Dakota Access’ request for a temporary retraining order. The company had filed a lawsuit against the protestors on Monday alleging that the protestors are putting the safety of workers and law enforcement at risk.
The order writes that lawful assembly and peaceful protest are “the hallmark of our democracy,” but that threats of violence are not acceptable.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who are protesting the pipeline for its potential to disturb sacred sites and affect drinking water supply, sued federal regulators last month for approving permits for the pipeline.
The $3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline will run crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.