There’s been a fair amount of news coverage of the protests going on over the North Dakota Access Pipeline but it’s being overshadowed, like most other issues, by the presidential campaign.
The pipeline is a $3.7 billion dollar project that will create 40 permanent jobs. It has been controversial from the start for its negative effects on the environment and it’s angered Native Americans from the Meskwaki and Sioux tribal nations, and actor Mark Ruffalo (don’t make him angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry). Rezpect Our Water, a group organized on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, has sued for an injunction and there has been several protests in North Dakota.
Arrests have been made of unarmed protesters and even a journalist for covering the protests (those charges were later dropped when a judge decided it’s legal to report the news). Many protesters were pepper sprayed and attacked by…
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