Amid ongoing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, the National Park Service said Tuesday that a protestor vandalized the World War II memorial in Washington, spray painting “#NoDAPL” on the North Dakota section of the memorial.
The U.S. Park Police are conducting an investigation on the vandalism. Meanwhile, paint stripper has been used to remove most of the damage, according to National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst.
The $3.8 billion, 1,170-mile crude oil pipeline has been the center of controversy, mainly near its proposed route under the Missouri River, which Native Americans believe will ruin water supply and destroy ancient burial sites and artifacts. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer has only the 20-mile stretch left of the route to construct before the construction is complete.
Under the Obama administration, a federal agency is considering a reroute for the pipeline in order to avoid the proposed route through the sacred land near Cannon Ball Ranch, but Energy Transfer has said it will continue construction in a timely manner.