Taxpayers Spending $10 Million on Dakota Pipeline Crackdown…

Campaigners are protesting against a planned oil pipeline at the site, a Sioux Native American reservation, because they fear it could contaminate the water of the tribe that lives there. Iverson said the protesters, who were holding a sit-in and singing prayer hymns, faced disorderly conduct charges. The proposed 1,100 plus mile-long pipeline would extend from North Dakota to IL and carry around 470,000 barrels of crude oil each day. Security footage showed a vehicle and two people in black carrying motor oil and the sign.

A member of the clergy walks past a burnt out auto during a protest of the Dakota Access pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota Nov. 3, 2016.

Authorities have made more than 400 protest-related arrests so far linked to protests over the $3.8 billion pipeline, including 141 last Thursday as hundreds of officers using pepper spray, bean bag rounds and other less-than-lethal tactics evicted protesters from their camp on the pipeline company’s property.

“As a general rule, my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans, and I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline”, Obama said an interview Tuesday. She said a statement by the agency was expected later in the day.  Opponents of the pipeline project have been camped near the route in southern North Dakota for months in an effort to stop construction.  The company still needs federal permission to build the pipeline for about a mile stretch on either side of the reservoir and under it.

  • This was at least the fourth anti-pipeline demonstration on or near the Capitol grounds since opponents began actively protesting pipeline construction on August 10. Approximately 50 protesters, including the 14 arrested during the sit-in and several clergy members, reportedly traveled from Standing Rock to the Capitol Grounds to sing and pray. “It’s an emergency to shut down peaceful protest”.Volunteer medics treated some of the protesters for hypothermia during the confrontation near the mouth of the Cannonball river.  Tribal officials said in September they had identified cultural artifacts on private land along the route. But the Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners said shortly after it had no plans to change the direction of the pipeline.
  • We hope they continue to pressure the Corps to make a final decision on the easements and to press the Justice Department to offer more support for local and state law enforcement. Construction is almost completed, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is withholding an easement needed to cross about a mile of Corps land at Lake Oahe, a dammed section of the Missouri River.

 

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