A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration failed to follow proper procedures when it granted approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline project that has been stalled for years by the Obama administration.
Getting the Dakota pipeline up and flowing was one of Trump’s key campaign promises. Many people were thrilled to see oil start flowing through the pipeline earlier this month.
Significantly, the court’s order did not halt pipeline operations, NPR reported.
The Trump administration is expected to appeal the decision, and most observers say that any permanent halt to the pipeline is unlikely.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has long opposed the pipeline contending that it “would desecrate sacred waters and make it impossible for the Tribe to freely exercise their religious beliefs.”
The complete pipeline is 1,200 miles long and carries 520,000 barrel of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline does not cross any Indian land, but the tribe argues that it does cross land that was illegally taken from it in 1851. Most people in Dakota find the Indians claim outlandish and without merit.