From the Independent - the US government's decision came despite a court ruling against the campaigners.
"Native American campaigners appeared to have scored a major victory after the US government said it would not grant permission for a controversial oil pipeline to be built near tribal land.
A judge on Friday had denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt to halt the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline near its North Dakota reservation. However, three federal agencies asked the pipeline company to “voluntarily pause” work on a section that tribal officials say holds sacred sites and artefacts.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose cause drew thousands to a protest site in North Dakota, had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8bn pipeline, saying that the project violated several federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and will harm water supplies. The tribe also says ancient sacred sites have been disturbed during construction."
The full article can be read here.