Judge denies request to stop oil flow in Dakota pipeline

A US federal judge has rejected a request by a Native American tribe for an emergency order to prevent the flow of oil in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project, arguing that such a move would not serve the public interest.

US District Judge James Boasberg made the decision on Tuesday, denying the request filed by the American Indian Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, saying, “The court acknowledges that the tribe is likely to suffer irreparable harm to its members’ religious exercise if oil is introduced into the pipeline, but Dakota Access would also be substantially harmed by an injunction, given the financial and logistical injuries that would ensue.”

The judge also noted that any ruling to allow the tribe’s request for an injunction preventing oil from flowing through the pipeline would likely be overturned on appeal.

The ruling was made ahead of plans to start pumping oil through the pipeline next week, following months of demonstrations in…

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