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A protest in North Dakota over plans to construct an oil pipeline near tribal lands turned violent this weekend, as security guards clashed with demonstrators, reported Bring Me The News.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department says on its Facebook page private security officers were assaulted and two guard dogs injured on Saturday afternoon when they were confronted by protests who “broke down a wire fence and stampeded into the construction area, which is on private property.”
But the Sheriff’s Office’s postings on Facebook – such as the one below – has met with hundreds of comments from people accusing the department of mis-representing what happened, presenting a one-sided view of proceedings.
And according to tribe spokesperson Steve Sitting Bear, at least six people were bitten by the dogs – including a young child. A further 30 people were pepper-sprayed, reported Metro.
The protesters are largely from the Native American community – specifically led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.
In their court complaint, they say that ‘the construction and operation of the pipeline… threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious and cultural significance to the Tribe’.
A federal judge is expected to rule this week on whether or not construction of the pipeline should be halted. Despite there not yet having been a ruling on the Sioux tribe’s application for an injunction, construction appears to have already begun, by Metro.
The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a new approximate 1,880 km (1,172 mile), 76 cm (30 inch) diameter pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible manner. The pipeline will also reduce the current use of rail and truck transportation to move Bakken crude oil to major U.S. markets to support domestic demand. (source: Energy Transfer)
Read more on metro.co.uk and bringmethenews.com.