Native Sun News Today: North Dakota sheriff makes biggest #NoDAPL roundup

Peaceful Water Protectors stand in solidarity and prayer to stop DAPL as helicopters circle overhead in the open prairie. Photo by Rob Wilson Photography [GoFundMe]

As clashes mount, sheriff blames agitators
127 arrested in largest DAPL roundup yet
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today
Health & Environment Editor

CANNON BALL, N.D. –– Clashes mounted here during October between the protectors of sacred sites and the defenders of private property rights, after Dakota Access Pipeline LLC denied repeated Cabinet-level requests to voluntarily pause construction.

The pipeline proponents, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, Phillips 66, Canadian Enbridge Corp. and Marathon Oil Corp. are investing $3.7 billion in the enterprise designed to carry toxic fracked crude from the Bakken oil formation centered at the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara Nation, nearly 1,200 miles across that North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, to a transfer station in Illinois.

The U.S. Justice, Interior and Army departments on Sept. 9 and again on Oct. 10, had asked the companies to cease building activities in 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory, pending further consideration of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s legal, cultural and environmental objections to the oil pipeline.

Dakota Access Pipeline LLC Executive Vice President Joey Mahmound toured a controversial site in the right-of-way area with a delegation of government representatives on Oct. 20, and was quoted in a Morton County Sheriff’s media release saying, “We hope that this concludes the analysis being conducted by the departments of Justice, Interior and Army and leads to the prompt issuance of the easement on federal lands adjacent to Lake Oahe.”

The departments have barred the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from granting the easements to build the pipeline in its jurisdiction on the shores and under the Oahe Reservoir on the Missouri River adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation until further notice.

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