Judge orders protesters not to interfere with oil pipeline

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 pipeline from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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