Authorities lack 'manpower' to remove pipeline protest camp

Authorities lack 'manpower' to remove pipeline protest camp

Law enforcement also shot and damaged a flying drone on Sunday that authorities said flew at a surveillance helicopter in "a threatening manner".

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners is building the $3.8 billion pipeline, which crosses through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and IL.

"The DOJ should impose an injunction to all developments at the pipeline site to keep ALL citizens - law enforcement and protestors - safe", said Chairman Archambault.

Through September, construction work on the North Dakota portion of the project was close to 90 percent complete.

In a rally outside the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. last August, Woodley explained why she's against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would transport crude oil from the Bakken region in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and into IL.

The arrests are the latest in a monthslong standoff between opponents of the pipeline and law enforcement. Some of the water protectors had attached themselves to property at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site using bicycle locks and makeshift handcuffs. In short, on Labor Day weekend, DAPL stopped construction 25 miles away, deliberately moved heavy construction equipment to a newly reported grave site and bulldozed the surface evidence before it could be assessed by the state.

While the protest, started off as, and still remains primarily, a collective call for the protection of water against oil contamination by multiple Native American nations, it has become a much bigger and broader struggle for fundamental human rights over the past couple of months.

Protester Kellie Berns told The Bismarck Tribune she received reports of people being pepper sprayed and beaten at the hands of law enforcement with officers "being more aggressive than in past incidents".

For these reasons, we believe the situation at Standing Rock deserves the immediate and full attention of the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Police are also routinely strip searching protesters, even when they have only been charged with a misdemeanor offense".

Activists awoke on Sunday with the goal of taking back "unceded territory" as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin for a frontline camp. "Highway 1806 has become the no-surrender line".

Three blockades in all were established on Sunday "to ensure the protection of this new camp from overtly militarized law enforcement", the release says.

Protesters fear the pipeline project could potentially cause irreversible harm to the drinking water for the Standing Rock community - who live just one mile from the river - as well as the river's ecosystem.