Judge orders protesters not to interfere with oil pipeline

The Associated Press

A federal judge is ordering protesters in North Dakota not to interfere with the construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline.

Native Americans protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in southern North Dakota. Dakota Access, developers of a multi-billion, four-state oil pipeline, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II and other protesters asking a judge to order protesters in North Dakota to stop interfering with the project. (AP Photo/James MacPherson, File)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge is ordering protesters in North Dakota not to interfere with the construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted the developer's motion for a temporary restraining order Tuesday.

Dakota Access filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against protesters. The Texas-based company's complaint alleges protesters are putting the safety of workers and law enforcement at risk.

The order says lawful assembly and peaceful protest are "the hallmark of our democracy," but threats of violence aren't acceptable.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe late last month sued federal regulators for approving the oil pipeline from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.

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