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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ELR Citation: 51 ELR 20091
Nos. 16-1534 (JEB), (D.D.C., 05/21/2021) (Boasberg, J.)

A district court denied Native American tribes' motion for a permanent injunction in an ongoing dispute concerning the Dakota Access pipeline. The tribes argued they were entitled to injunctive relief because the pipeline's continued operation was likely to cause them immediate, irreparable harm via an oil spill at Lake Oahe. The court found that the tribes failed to point to any actual evidence suggesting a large, damaging, irremediable spill was likely to occur, and thus failed to make a successful showing of irreparable harm. It therefore denied the tribes' motion for permanent injunction.