Why is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe trying to stop a pipeline?

A federal judge has agreed to temporarily halt construction on a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline after the native American Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sought a preliminary injunction to halt construction, saying that the pipeline would cut through sacred land, contaminate the tribe’s water source, and violate the National Historic Preservation Act.

US District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop between North Dakota’s State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe. However, it will continue to the west of the highway, he said, because the US Army Corps of Engineers does not have jurisdiction over private land. By Friday, Judge Boasberg said, he will rule on the tribe’s challenge of federal regulators’ decision to grant permits for the pipeline.

Jan Hasselman, the Earthjustice attorney who filed the broader lawsuit on behalf of the tribe, has said that the tribe will “know more by the end of the week about where we’re heading,” according to the Associated Press. READ MORE.