Protesting the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. Photo by Darren Thompson
Published August 19, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — Construction has been stopped at the Dakota Access pipeline site where a group of American Indians and their supporters have protested for over a week.
The announcement came on Wednesday; however, some protester organizers were concerned that Energy Transfer Partners, based in Dallas, Texas, had moved its construction to the other side of the Missouri River.
As of Friday morning, it is apparent that all construction has ceased.
The construction is reportedly being halted until a hearing on a lawsuit by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is heard in a hearing in a federal district court in Washington, D.C. The tribe is seeking an injunction to stop the construction.
American Indian supporters from various parts of Indian Country remain at the encampment and other places in the area of the protest. A large crowd is expected this weekend.
Since Thursday, August 11, 2016, 28 people have been arrested, including Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II.