National Guard in Place Ahead of Ruling on Dakota Access Pipeline

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg is scheduled to announce his ruling by the end of the day on Friday, September 9, 2016, in an injunction to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ahead of that announcement, North Dakota’s governor activated National Guard troops.

North Dakota Governor John S. “Jack” Dalrymple activated 100 National Guardsmen on Thursday, September 8, ahead of the forthcoming ruling from Judge Boasberg. Dalrymple held a press conference to announce his decision to activate these troops to protect the peace and safety of all concerned while thanking all law enforcement who have been involved in the tense situation between protesters of the pipeline and those working on the pipeline.

Additional National Guard troops are on standby should they be needed in the coming days, as explained in a press release made by the National Guard:

“The Guardsmen will not be going to the actual protest site. The governor also placed additional Guardsmen on standby alert in the event they are needed to support law enforcement response efforts.”

So far on Friday, September 9, while yet awaiting the court’s ruling, National Guardsmen have a presence at what are being called “traffic information points,” where they are asking incoming traffic about intended destinations, but not interfering with that actual travel.

As of Tuesday afternoon, September 6, there has been a temporary restraining order in place for a partial stop-work order on the pipeline in response to an emergency request filed with the court on Sunday, September 4 after the heated confrontation between protesters and private security personnel took place on Saturday.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Dave Archambault was disappointed with the partial restraining order because the portion of work on the pipeline still permitted endangered land of historical and sacred significance to the tribe.

Friday’s scheduled ruling is on an injunction filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Dakota Access Pipeline, seeking a removal of the permit granted by the Corps of Engineers for the pipeline production on the grounds that the Corps violated the National Historic Preservation Act by issuing the permit and that more environmental studies need to be done before pipeline construction can continue.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline both on the grounds of the destruction of important historical and cultural sites and the issue of clean water. As it is planned now, part of the pipeline will be routed beneath the Missouri River, the tribe’s only source of water.


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