>> The US government on Friday moving to halt a controversial oil pipeline project in North Dakota. Even after a federal judge rejected a request from Native Americans to block construction. Reuters correspondent, Ruthy Munoz, was at the courthouse in Washington, D.C. where the judge made his perhaps now, moot decision.
>> This decision threw everyone for a loop. I mean, it was something that no one was expecting, including the tribe.>> Last weekend protests over the Dakota access pipeline construction site turned violent, when security guards used dogs and pepper spray to fight back protestors.>> You can't drink oil, keep it in the soil.
>> On Friday, Native Americans decry the ruling reiterating that the pipeline would pollute nearby rivers and desecrate their sacred land. But the government stepping in is now giving Native Americans hope.>> What started out, in reality, as something that looked like it was bad for this movement has actually turned into a win.
They seemed pretty pleased with that.>> The 1,100 mile pipeline would be the first to move crude oil from the Bakken Shale Formation to the US Gulf Coast. The surprise move by the government is sure to upset the oil companies building the pipeline to the tune of $3.7 billion.