Protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline have garnered
national attention on several occasions. A protest on Saturday, October
22, resulted in the arrests of dozens of people. The Morton County, North
Dakota, protest occurred approximately three miles west of State Highway
1806 along the pipeline right-of-way.
Numerous Individuals Arrested
A spokesperson for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said that
300 protesters allegedly trespassed on private property. The 83 individuals
arrested were charged with criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, according to
CNN. On October 10, approximately 20 other protesters were arrested in the
same general area.
One of those was actress Shailene Woodley, a star in the movies Divergent
and Snowden. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was also arrested
along the pipeline route on a previous occasion. Opposition to the pipeline
also comes from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose North Dakota reservation
is close to the pipeline route.
Over 1,000 Miles Long at Completion
The Dakota Access pipeline will eventually stretch 1,172 miles from the
Bakken Formation southeast to South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The pipeline’s
developer, Energy Access Partners, says its capacity will be 470,000 barrels
of crude oil per day.
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