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judge won't stop oil from flowing through disputed pipeline

bismarck, n.d. — a judge refused to head off the imminent flow of oil in the disputed dakota access pipeline, likely clearing the way for operations to begin next week.u.s. district judge james boasberg denied a request by the standing rock and cheyenne river sioux tribes to stop oil from flowing while the tribes appeal his decision last week allowing pipeline construction to finish."the critical factor here is cheyenne river's lack of likelihood of success on the merits ... plaintiff does not have a strong case on appeal," boasberg said in his ruling tuesday.cheyenne river attorney nicole ducheneaux did not immediately respond to a request for comment wednesday.texas-based pipeline developer energy transfer partners is finishing up pipeline work beneath lake oahe, a missouri river reservoir in north dakota and the last piece of construction on the 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline to move north dakota oil to a distribution point in illinois. the tribes maintain an oil pipeline under the lake they consider sacred violates their religious rights, but boasberg says the argument was made too late and is of questionable merit.the judge also said etp would be "substantially harmed" by a delay, as it prepares to move oil through the pipeline as early as monday.both etp and the army corps of engineers had objected to the tribes' latest attempt to halt the project, with corps attorneys saying in court documents that president donald trump "has expressly determined that the p...