Yet another major face-off between 200 “water protectors” and militarized police near the Dakota Access Pipeline site ended with officers dousing protesters with pepper spray and tear gas.
Law-enforcement officials dressed in combat gear were photographed pepper spraying unarmed DAPL protesters wading in the Cannonball River.
The latest bout of unrest erupted after Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the multi-billion dollar project, was accused of mishandling the reporting of American Indian artifacts that were discovered along the route.
“Public Service Commission Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak said she was ‘extremely disappointed’ that Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners waited 10 days before reporting last month’s discovery of stone cairns and other artifacts,” CBS News reported.
Although a fine $200,000 could be levied, according to Fedorchak, she believes such a hefty amount would most likely not be implemented.
For several months, hundreds of people have been protesting in North Dakota against the $3.7 billion huge oil pipeline will cross four states in the western United States, including Iowa, Illinois and North and South Dakota.
Running 1,168 miles, the DAPL will carry around 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. A part of the project is planned under the Missouri River and locals of the nearby tribal areas, including the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, fear it would contaminate their waterways and land.