Tribe asks federal judge to block work on parts of pipeline

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2016, file photo, Native Americans protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in southern North Dakota. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is asking a federal judge to temporarily stop work on parts of the Dakota Access Pipeline to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites near Lake Oahe.

A hearing on the tribe’s motion for a temporary restraining order is Tuesday before U.S. District Judge James Boasberg. The tribe wants construction stopped on the pipeline route for a length of about two miles west of Highway 1806 and within 20 miles on either side of Lake Oahe.

If granted, the order would stop construction there while Boasberg weighs a broader request to halt construction on the pipeline. He will rule on that request by Friday.

The tribe is challenging federal regulators’ decision to grant permits for the $3.8 billion pipeline, which would cross the Dakotas and Iowa to Illinois. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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