What’s going on in North Dakota? Here’s a timeline of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests
Posted On July 25, 2021
The protests over the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline began last spring, when a local tribe called the Standing Rock Sioux began to challenge the project’s environmental impact.
Since then, Native American tribes across the country have been protesting against the pipeline’s construction, while President Donald Trump has vowed to stop the project, and hundreds of people have died.
But the Dakota pipeline, a $3 billion oil pipeline that will run from North Dakota to Illinois, is now at the center of a nationwide standoff that has resulted in the deaths of at least one police officer and at least three people who were injured in clashes.
As of Wednesday, a total of five people were killed in the protests that began last summer.
The protesters say they’re standing up for the water, the land, and sacred places in the U.S. Standing Rock has been at the forefront of the protests, hosting several demonstrations and gatherings on the Dakota Sioux Reservation.
According to a local report, a protester was killed in a confrontation between police and the protesters.
At the time of the violence, some local officials, including Governor Jack Dalrymple, called the protests a “riot.”
He also said that the protesters are “unfit for the United States.”
The protests also brought a slew of other local and national celebrities to the area, including actors Scarlett Johansson and John Legend, actors George Clooney and Russell Crowe, and rapper Kendrick Lamar.
In July, a judge temporarily blocked the pipeline construction project, citing the threat to water supplies and endangered wildlife.
The pipeline was later granted a temporary halt in August, and construction is now set to begin again this month.
However, the protests have already caused some problems for the pipeline, and officials say that the safety of the pipeline is at risk.
As the Associated Press reports, “The Standing Rock tribe has been battling the project since late August, when police killed four protesters who were occupying the pipeline site and burning it, after they broke into a fire station to steal weapons and ammunition.
On Wednesday, the tribe filed a lawsuit against the Dakota Energy Corp. and several companies in federal court.
The suit said the companies have engaged in “a pattern and practice of unlawful conduct and threats to the tribe’s water supply and environmental protection,” and that they have engaged “in a deliberate attempt to harm the tribe.”
The tribe’s lawyers say that in June, the U,S.
Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline for construction, citing a lack of information about its environmental impact, but that the company’s actions during construction, including a fire on a nearby reservation, has left the tribe with “serious concerns.”
Meanwhile, the president has declared a national emergency and has instructed the Army Corps to stop construction on the pipeline.