No Immediate Ruling Made on Dakota Access Pipeline Work

No Immediate Ruling Made on Dakota Access Pipeline Work

No definite ruling has been made in the case of Dakota Pipelines. On Tuesday, the federal judge said that that the final decision regarding the construction process of the Dakota access pipelines will be made next week. The reason for this halting in the construction process is that there have been claims that the pipeline disrupts the lifestyle of two tribes.

The District Judge of the United States, James Boasberg informed the lawyers at a recent hearing that he wishes to issue the ruling in this case before oil starts flowing in Dakota Access pipelines.

James Boasberg is considering the request, which has been made by the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe and Standing Rock that seeks to ask the engineers of the Army Corp to withdraw any permit for the laying of pipes in the region of North Dakota under the Oahe Lake.

This pipeline project has brought about several protests and arrests until now.

The only place for construction that is left now is the area under the reservoir of the Missouri River. The cost of this project is nearly 3.8 billion dollars and the pipeline construction in this area will transport oil from Iowa and Dakota to Illinois where it will be received at a shipping point.

The attorney representing the tribal community, Nicole Ducheneaux protested for one and a half hour during the hearing and said that the existence of the pipeline will violate their place and worship and hinder their water supplies. When Boasberg asked the attorney, Ducheneaux how the source of water can get contaminated if the pipelines do not touch the water supply, the attorney replied that the judge was being insensitive and was questioning the religious beliefs that were practiced by the tribes.

Reuben Schifman, the attorney of the Corp has said that the tribe attorney had taken too much of time to present and put forward their claims of religious hindrance and have not substantiated their claims with any evidence.

The lawyer representing Dakota Pipelines, David Deboldalso argued that the lake has existed from the 1950s and thus it has no connection with the religious faith of the tribe, which has been passed down to their generation over centuries.

Boasberg had declined the request of the tribes this month to halt the construction with immediate effect and said that till the time oil started to get transported in the pipelines, it poses no severe threat to the locality of the tribes.

However, sources say that no conclusion on this matter will be reached despite the final decision by the federal judge as no one has evaluated the claims made by the tribes properly.

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