Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), is all set to resume construction after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to halt the project.
But people opposing the pipeline are not backing down.
In yet another act of non-violent protest, 31-year-old anti-DAPL activist Krissana Mara successfully shut down a construction site in Keokuk, Iowa, by locking herself to an excavator.
The $3.7 billion huge oil pipeline will run 1,168 miles, across four states in the western United States, including Iowa, Illinois, and North and South Dakota.
A part of the pipeline, which will carry around 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, will run under the Missouri River. This has prompted legitimate concerns regarding the possible pollution of the river, which is considered sacred by the residents of local Native American tribal areas, including the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
In fact, the fear of water contamination is so great that for the first time since the Great Sioux War of 1876, all Native American groups have come together to protest anything.
But they don’t call themselves protesters, they prefer the term “water protectors.”
Despite the fact that nearly all anti-DAPL demonstrations have been peaceful, there have been multiple arrests, including that of “Divergent” actress Shailene Woodley, over alleged disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
But water protectors, such as Mara, are continuing their struggle, nevertheless.