Breaking: DAPL Gets Go-Ahead to Finish; Court: Water Protectors’ Excessive Force Suit Unlikely to Win

Two pieces of bad news just in.

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant Energy Transfer Partners the needed easement to tunnel under the Missouri River to complete theĀ  Access Pipeline (DAPL). The Standing Rock Sioux Nation says it will fight the decision in court.

Minnesota Public Radio is reporting that a judge says the suit brought by water protectors against law enforcement for excessive use of force and civil rights violations is unlikely to succeed.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland didn’t immediately rule on a motion filed Monday by law enforcement to dismiss the lawsuit, but he did deny an earlier request by pipeline opponents to bar police from using such things as chemical agents and water sprays as a means of dispersing crowds of protesters. …

The judge said protesters were trespassing during the confrontation and that “no reasonable juror could conclude” that officers acted unreasonably.