Standing Rock Sioux File Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Sacred and Culturally Significant Sites

Cannon Ball, ND (SC) — Late Friday, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a motion for temporary restraining order (TRO) against Energy Transfer Partners, to block the company from continuing to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to the filing, the proposed path of the pipeline would cut through and destroy sacred and culturally significant land. Furthermore, this information could be crucial to forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their approval of the permits for the pipeline and conduct a comprehensive environmental review of its path.

The hearing for the TRO is set for today, Tuesday, September 6th at 3 pm in DC District Court.

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In response, Sierra Club Director of Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“The Army Corps of Engineers had the power and responsibility to conduct a thorough environmental review and give the people of Standing Rock Sioux and others who would be affected an opportunity to voice their opinions on the Dakota Access Pipeline prior to its initial approval, rather than using a little known loophole to rush the project through. The new evidence put forth late Friday gives the Corps no other option but to withdraw the approval permits, and conduct the process as intended.

“It’s shameful that anyone would have to take the Corps to federal court to ensure that their history, their water, and their community remains safe from the threat of a dirty and dangerous pipeline.

“The Sierra Club continues to stand in solidarity with the courageous tribes who are protecting their land and look forward to the rejection of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

This report prepared by Sierra Club