U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg denied a motion today that was filed by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota to halt work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying that the tribe could not present evidence passing the motion would prevent injury.
However, despite the judge's ruling, the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army, and the Department of the Interior have released a statement saying they will not authorize construction on the pipeline near important reservoirs in the area until they can determine the project's environmental impact.
Groups that have protested say that work on the project will disturb burial grounds and contaminate drinking water, according to CNN. Much of the controversy surrounds construction sites around the Lake Oahe reservoir in North and South Dakota.
Protests against the pipeline turned violent last weekend as protestors broke down a fence on a construction site and starting altercations with private security officers. The protestors said that the guards started the altercations by using pepper spray and tear gas, CNN reports.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.7 billion project that would carry oil from North Dakota all the way to Illinois. Proponents of the project say its construction will boost the local and national economy.
The joint statement also recognized that this issue raised a discussion on taking the concerns of Native American tribes seriously. The three departments have invited the nation's tribes to contact them for dialogue.
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