American Indians on Wednesday blocked construction crews working on the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, and Iowa landowners have asked a judge to stop the work in their state until they are heard in court.
Law enforcement was called to the scene to maintain peace between the protestors and the armed security guards that were hired by Energy Transfer as construction crews worked on an area just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
Both the Standing Rock Tribe and landowners in Iowa have gone to court regarding the pipeline. The Tribe sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last month for approving permits for the line, and Iowa landowners say the Iowa Utilities Board misinterpreted a state law that bans agricultural land from being taken for private project via eminent domain.
No arrests have been reported during the peaceful protests, but crews had been blocked earlier in the day.
Energy Transfer said in an email that it is continuing construction in Iowa on schedule.
The controversial $3.8 billion oil pipeline planned by Energy Transfer will run 1,172 miles starting in North Dakota and ending in Illinois, passing through both South Dakota and Iowa.
The Seattle Times