Twin Cities groups to join protest against Dakota Access pipeline

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Protesters demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Friday.

Twin Cities activists are getting involved in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline. KARE’s Ivory Hecker reports: “ Several Twin Cities activist groups will join forces for a rally Tuesday as part of a push to stop progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline. … Construction on the pipeline, which is scheduled to stretch more than one thousand miles from North Dakota to Illinois, has sparked protests by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. Tribal protesters say the pipeline will harm water supplies and disturb sacred sites.”

Meanwhile, the Forum News Service reports that the company building the pipeline remains committed to the project: “ The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners reaffirmed the company’s commitment Tuesday to the Dakota Access Pipeline and urged employees to contact their elected representatives about the project. … Kelcy Warren told employees in a memo the company intends to meet with officials in Washington to understand their position after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Justice and Department of Interior announced a temporary halt on construction on Corps land north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.”

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