America saw the largest demonstration of protests to date against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday as waves of protestors gathered around the nation to rally outside of the Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks, and energy companies involved in the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
Between 650 and 700 people rallied in Chicago at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices, and 250 people gathered in Houston outside Energy Transfer Partners' offices.
The large demonstrations came a day after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would delay construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline because it believed more studies on the route were warranted before granting Energy Transfer Partners an easement to build underneath the Missouri River.
Energy Transfer Partners on Tuesday filed a request to a federal court for permission to complete the pipeline without the easement from the Corps, claiming the company has waited long enough and has the legal right to proceed with the construction.
The $3.8 billion oil pipeline is nearly finished, and the only construction on the line left is underneath Lake Oahe, which is part of the Missouri River. Protestors of the line argue that the pipeline would contaminate water supply and ruin sacred burial sites and ancient artifacts.
The construction delay is pushing the controversial project into the hands of the next presidential administration under Trump, who has promised to reduce strict regulations hindering oil and gas projects and who has invested money into Energy Transfer Partners, the developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline.