For Immediate Release
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Department of Justice Move to Dismiss Dakota Access Lawsuit
CANNON BALL, N.D. - On Friday, the SRST filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., asking District Judge James Boasberg to throw out Dakota Access’s lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers. The Department of Justice, which represents the Corps, filed a similar motion.
After initially supporting the Army Corps against the Tribe’s earlier litigation about the pipeline, DAPL shifted its position to sue the Corps in November of 2016, arguing that it had all the permissions it required in order to complete the pipeline across Lake Oahe. The lawsuit came as a surprise, as DAPL had previously acknowledged that it still required a real estate easement – that has not yet been granted – before finalizing construction. The lawsuit came after the Army Corps announced on December 4, 2016, that it would prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) considering both the Tribe’s treaty rights and route alternatives to the Lake Oahe crossing.
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