Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

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Dakota pipeline allowed to continueA federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg's decision will come as a blow to the Standing Rock Sioux, who have argued that an oil spill from the pipeline under Lake Oahe — from which the tribe draws its water — could have a detrimental effect on the tribal community.

Boasberg found that it is likely the Army Corps of Engineers will be able to justify previous decisions made while permitting the pipeline.

"The Corps must simply connect the dots," he said. "This, then, is not a case in which the agency must redo its analysis from the ground up."

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