Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land
Oct 30 2016 by Cristina Jennings
Hundreds of police officers in riot gear moved in late on Thursday to force activists off private property close to the site of a controversial oil pipeline in the northern USA state, local officials said.
Supporters say it would be safer and more cost-effective than transporting the oil by road or rail.
Native American tribes, predominantly the Sioux, and demonstrators have banded together in the last few months to protest a 1,200-mile pipeline that would transport crude oil from North Dakota to IL.
Dozens of protesters are demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, this time outside the North Dakota Capitol. Protesters slashed their vehicle tyres and even created a small fire at one of the two blockades.
A total of 37 police officers from Indiana have been sent to North Dakota, including 11 from several Northwest Indiana departments, the spokesman said. "This is about our water, our rights, and our dignity as human beings", Dave Archambault II said in a statement Thursday evening.
"Private property is not the place to carry out a peaceful protest", he said.
Amid the protests, the USA government halted construction on part of the pipeline in September.
North Dakota's Gov. Jack Dalrymple had mobilized the state's National Guard to end the protest.
Fong told CBS News that protesters had thrown rocks at officers and had threatened them. The company claims that all of the companies it has used for security were properly licensed, but an investigation by the Morton County Sheriff's Office found that the dog handlers did not have licenses to provide security in North Dakota.
Authorities with heavy equipment are poised to clear roadblocks that were built overnight by protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. "If you're indigenous and fighting to protect our earth, and the water we depend on to survive, you get tear gassed, media blackouts, tanks and all that". Thick fog and cloudy skies on Wednesday appeared to stall the law enforcement effort, but the sun came out on Thursday with scattered clouds and a light breeze.
Thursday, police in riot gear fired beanbag rounds and pepper spray at Dakota Access Pipeline protesters near Cannonball, North Dakota in an attempt to disperse the crowd.
Late on the evening of Oct 27, 141 protesters were arrested after police tried to disperse the crowd, bringing the total up to almost 400 since the demonstrations began in August.
Three federal agencies have agreed permitsissued so far by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have not adequately considered the risks, and that a more extensive review is needed.
The Standing Rock Sioux argues that the almost 1,200-mile pipeline threatens water sources and cultural sites, but the Texas company behind the project, Energy Transfer Partners, insists it is safe.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in Thursday afternoon to force the activists off the private property owned by the pipeline development company.
Officers arrested one person, but no details were released. Many returned to that site Friday to regroup and reunite with others who had been arrested the day before.
Standing Rock has waged a protest for months against the almost 1,200-mile pipeline being developed across four states by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
"If we could have come out here today and not made any arrests that would have been great", Iverson said.