UPDATE: Federal judge denies Dakota Access' motion to block ACOE from pursuing Environmental Impact Study for pipeline project

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - UPDATE: 1/18 4:54 p.m. Dakota Access filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal judge to block the Army Corps of Engineers from pursuing an Environmental Impact Study for the project.

Wednesday that motion was denied by Judge James Boasberg.

In a statement, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe applauded the publication of the Notice of Intent to require an EIS be completed.

Senator John Hoeven also voiced his opinion on the matter, saying:

"The Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. The company has complied with all federal and state requirements and should now be allowed to complete the project."

ORIGINAL STORY: 1/17 The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline continues in the courtroom.

Attorneys for Dakota Access filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to block the Army Corps of Engineers from publishing a Federal Register Notice about the Environmental Impact Statement for the project.

The motion says Dakota Access wants Judge James E. Boasberg to rule on a separate pending case where the company claims they already have the necessary authority to drill under Lake Oahe.

A spokesperson for the tribe says the tribe is confident a full EIS will end the pipeline project, but supporters of Dakota Access say that this is a last minute ploy by the Obama Administration to stop a legally permitted project.