US District Judge James Boasberg today denied the motion put forth by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to block the Dakota Access pipeline project from being built on the tribe’s land.

In his ruling, Judge Boasberg stated, “After digging through a substantial record on an expedited basis, the Court cannot concur. It concludes that the Corps has likely complied with the NHPA and that the Tribe has not shown it will suffer injury that would be prevented by any injunction the Court could issue. The Motion will thus be denied.”


After the ruling, a joint announcement was made by the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior stating that they will not authorize with pipeline construction on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land.

The statement noted that the departments will also begin discussions with tribal leaders on similar infrastructure projects.

Following is the complete statement issued:





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