Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

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Dakota Access Pipe Line in Iowa (Photo: Carl Wycoff / CC BY 2.0)

FARGO, ND (AP) — A judge has ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil.

The ruling Monday hands a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivers a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken public health and environmental protections it views as obstacles to businesses.

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U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., wrote that he was “mindful of the disruption” that shutting down the pipeline would cause, but that it must be done within 30 days.

Pipeline owner Energy Transfer Partners says it will ask a court to halt the order.