The request appealed by the tribes of the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux to halt the construction of the final part of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been denied by a federal judge.
The decision was made by a federal judge of United States, James Boasberg on Tuesday. The tribes had protested that the construction by Dakota Pipelines would cause damage to the cultural sites of the tribes and also disturb their source of water as the pipelines are getting constructed in the north direction of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The tribe is concerned about the supply of water they received from the Lake Oahe that is a part of the River Missouri.
Energy Transfer Partners is responsible for carrying out the construction of pipeline and they have confirmed that the process of drilling had been going on for over a week under the Lake Oahe and by the next week, the company expects that oil could start flowing too.
The debate on whether the construction of the Dakota Access pipelines endangers the environment and habitat of the American tribe had been going on since last summer. It has been discussed not only in North Dakota and South Dakota, but also in Washington.
The judge stated that after the President assumed office, Donald Trump approved the construction of Dakota Access pipelines. The Army Corp of the Engineers then granted permission to Dakota Access to drill under the Lake Oahe and the drilling commenced on 8th February.
When the Cheyenne River started having concerns about the flow of oil under the Lake Oahe, they thought that it would harm and cause damage to religious practices of all its members. It then decided to put forth a request in the court against Preliminary Injection Motion and asked the court to halt the construction process. The Cheyenne River members argue that this construction of Dakota pipelines will violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The judge seeing the incapability of the tribe to prevail over this case said that it will not halt the construction of the pipelines and will also not stop the oil flowing in these pipelines from next week under the Lake Oahe.
In the month of April in the year 2016, an archeologist from the Army Corp had reported 30 similar sites that were of great cultural value and were located near the route of Dakota Access Pipelines. With the help of his expertise, he also reported that all these sites that are culturally important will not suffer any damage or change if the pipelines carry oil under the Oahe Lake.