A state governor has declared an emergency amid the pipeline protests near Cannon Ball, North Dakota in order to allow for more state resources to help manage public safety risks.
Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an emergency declaration that he said on Friday would allow the state to bring greater safety resources to the site if local officials need assistance in addressing safety concerns.
The developers of the Dakota Access pipeline sued protestors earlier this month alleging the protestors were putting the safety of its workers at risk. A judge granted the developers’ request for a temporary restraining order.
Several protestors have been arrested over the last week for interfering with construction of the crude oil pipeline that protestors believe will damage the Missouri River and other sources of water.
Dakota Access developers have agreed to stop construction on the line until after a federal court hearing next week.