A non-violent protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has temporarily halted construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. At least 10 protesters have been arrested. The company building the pipeline – Energy Transfer Partners – agreed to halt construction until a court hearing August 24.
The pipeline would carry Bakken crude oil from fields in North Dakota to processing facilities in Illinois, 1,172 miles away. It would carry as much as 570,000 barrels per day. The pipeline would cross the Missouri river in two places. A leak could spell disaster for tens of millions of people who rely on the Missouri for water.
An online petition challenging the pipeline has collected almost 200,000 signatures. National celebrities have spoken out in support of the protests. A legal defense fund for the main protest location on the Standing Rock reservation has raised almost $64,000, and a general support fund for the camp has raised almost $100,000. The International Indian Treaty Council has filed an appeal to the United Nations, citing human rights violations resulting from pipeline construction.