(SD)-Dakota Access Legal Challenges Combined
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - A federal judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes against the Dakota Access pipeline. The move by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., streamlines the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois.
The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes teamed up in the main lawsuit last summer with the Yankton and Oglala Sioux following. Since the arguments in each case are essentially the same- that the pipeline threatens cultural sites and Missouri River water, the judge felt combining them would be easiest for all parties.
The pipeline could be operating next week if an appeals court this weekend denies a tribal request to stop any oil from flowing until an appeal of Judge Boasberg's recent decision to not stop final pipeline construction is settled.
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