BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) —
A federal judge did not immediately rule on a request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop a four-state oil pipeline under construction near their reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.
The tribe is challenging the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg listened to arguments Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He says he will rule on the case by Sept. 9.
The hearing comes amid protests over the pipeline that would cross the Missouri River near the reservation.
The tribe fears the pipeline will impact drinking water and disturb sacred sites. The company had planned to complete the pipeline, which goes from North Dakota to Illinois, this year.