On Monday, a US federal judge ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe‘s lawsuit and said that the Dakota Access pipeline must be temporarily shut down and emptied of oil by August 5. The judge also ordered the US Army Corps of Engineers to submit an environmental impact statement.
In Monday’s, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said that it was clear shutting down the pipeline will cause disruption. But he said
“the seriousness of the Corps’ deficiencies outweighs the negative effects of halting the oil flow”
during the estimated 13 months it will take to complete the environmental impact statement.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose reservation lies downstream of the pipeline, have been fighting against its construction for years.