The company building the Dakota Access pipeline is declining to comment after the U.S. government ordered work to stop on a segment that has sparked protests in North Dakota.
Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman Vicki Granado said in an email to The Associated Press that the company did not have a statement on Friday’s developments.
A federal judge denied a request by the Standing Rock Sioux for a temporary injunction against the pipeline.
But federal agencies almost immediately said they wouldn’t allow work on Army Corps of Engineers land bordering Lake Oahe until they decide whether they need to re-examine earlier decisions on the site.
National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons says the Obama administration is putting politics above jobs by postponing construction of the pipeline.
A federal judge has denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to temporarily stop construction on the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their reservation in North Dakota.
Tribal officials challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion pipeline that is intended to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg comes amid growing protests over the pipeline, which would cross the Missouri River less than a mile upstream of the reservation.
The tribe argues the pipeline could impact drinking water and that construction has already disturbed ancient sacred sites.
A lawyer for the tribe says the ruling will be appealed.