BISMARCK, N.D. (AP/Staff) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault and four others. Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, filed the complaint last year against Archambault and others. The company sought restraining orders and monetary damages. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the company claimed the protesters interfered with pipeline work, threatening the safety of workers and costing the company more than $75,000 a day.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled Thursday that the company failed to show that the alleged losses caused by each defendant exceeded $75,000, which is required for a lawsuit to be valid in federal court. Hovland says the company can pursue damages in state court.