Tensions grow in Dakota pipeline standoff

The Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline looks set to reach some kind of conclusion sooner rather than later after the Army and local law enforcement warned protesters to leave the site by December 5th.

CBS reports:

“We are just not going to allow people to become unlawful,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, a veteran of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and National Guard who was elected to his first term as sheriff about two years ago. “It’s just not going to happen.”

More than 525 people from across the country have been arrested during months of protests over the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline, all here in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that’s fighting the project because it believes it threatens drinking water and cultural sites on their nearby reservation.

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