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Standing Rock: Water Cannons, Tear Gas Used on Pipeline Protesters

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Police used a water cannon on Dakota Access Pipeline protesters Sunday. (Screengrab)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016 06:17 AM

Standing Rock demonstrators were reportedly hit with water cannons and tear gas during a confrontation involving law enforcement and some 400 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters late Sunday, ending with at least one arrest and several injuries.

Police responded to what they called a “riot,” deploying “water hoses in freezing temperatures Sunday against hundreds of protests decrying the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline,” PBS noted.

At the time, protesters were attempting to cross Blackwater Bridge on state Highway 1806 after removing a “burned-out” truck, AlterNet noted.

Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network said the use of water cannons was an “excessive and potentially deadly use of force,” PBS noted.

“Because of the police enforced road block, ambulances now have an extra 30 minutes to get to the hospital,” he wrote in a statement, per Sacredstonecamp.org.

“As medical professionals, we are concerned for the real risk of loss of life due to severe hypothermia under these conditions,” the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council said in a statement on Facebook, PBS noted.

Despite protests against plans to pass the pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Energy Transfer Partners LP Chief Executive Officer Kelcy Warren said the company will not consider rerouting the pipeline, Reuters noted.

Warren’s statement comes just weeks after President Barack Obama said that the government was working on ways to reroute the pipeline.

Native groups are fearful that if the pipeline passes near Standing Rock, then a “disastrous leak” would be inevitable, AlterNet noted.

The confrontation comes just three days after North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple asked law enforcement for their assistance, Reuters noted.

“Further delays simply prolong the risks to public safety, prolong the hardships endured by area residents and increase costs incurred by the state of North Dakota and Morton County,” Governor Dalrymple said in a statement.

The Dakota Access pipeline is almost complete. Energy Transfer is waiting on a final permit that would allow them to pass the pipeline beneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Video of the confrontation surfaced on social media Sunday evening.

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Standing Rock demonstrators were reportedly hit with water cannons and tear gas during a confrontation involving law enforcement and some 400 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters late Sunday, ending with at least one arrest and several injuries.
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