Published August 17, 2016
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — On Tuesday, United States District Judge Daniel Hoyland ordered protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near Cannonball, North Dakota not to interfere with construction.
The judge acted on a lawsuit filed brought by Dakota Access, a Texas-based oil company, against protesters. Named as defendants in Monday’s lawsuit were Standing Rock Tribe and its chairman, Dave Archambault. The lawsuit alleged the protesters are putting the safety of construction workers and law enforcement at risk.
Judge Hoyland’s order says lawful assembly and peaceful protests are the “hallmark of democracy,” but threats of violence aren’t acceptable.
Since Thursday, a crowd of protesters has grown to some 500 people on certain days. Some of whom are at an encampment near the construction site about a mile away.
Dozens of arrests have occurred since last Thursday.
There was no construction on Tuesday and the protesters on hand had several prayers throughout the day.
The Standing Rock Tribe sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the pipeline. A court hearing is set for August 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Several protesters have allegedly overheard construction workers discuss “laying as much pipe as they can” before the hearing next week.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is known as the Bakken Pipeline that is proposed to cover four states, originating in North Dakota and working its way to near Chicago.
Even with the federal judge’s order in place, protesters have remained of the encampment and were expected to be back at the construction site on Wednesday.
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