A federal judge has rejected permits to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. According to the Seattle Times, the judge believes that permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not take into account the effects of an oil spill on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe or the environment.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg for the District of Columbia made a 91-page decision that requires the Corps of Engineers to go back and reconsider these impacts. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II approved of the move. In a statement, he said: “We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence and will ask the court to shut down pipeline operations immediately.”
In December, President Obama blocked the pipeline in a move supported by the tribe and environmental activists. However, newly-elected President Trump pushed forward with construction with an executive order in January.
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