A federal judge has temporarily halted construction on part of a massive oil pipeline in North Dakota. According to the ruling, issued on Tuessday, work on the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline must stop in an area extending more than 20 miles east of a highway near the Missouri River. But the agreement from a a U.S. district court judge allows construction to proceed west of the highway, where an Indian tribe says it’s already disturbed burial grounds.
Speaking in a video posted to Facebook, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said he’s disappointed: “This decision puts our people’s sacred sites at risk for continued ruining and desecrating what’s important to us.”
The order extends until Friday, when the judge is expected to rule on a separate request to halt construction at the pipeline’s river crossing.
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