Judge Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Can Proceed; U.S. Agencies Call for Halt

September 9, 2016 7:39 PM

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Judge Rules Dakota Access Pipeline Can Proceed; U.S. Agencies Call for Halt

A federal judge said Friday that construction on a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline can proceed, handing an apparent defeat to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other opponents of the project.

But in an unusual move, three federal agencies immediately announced that they would ask the pipeline’s builder to voluntarily halt pipeline work in a contested area in North Dakota.

Also read: Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land

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