Resistance against Dakota Access Pipeline continues in North Dakota, Sept 13, 2016.
by LAUREN DONOVAN, Bismarck Tribune, September 14, 2016
Two arrests were made this morning as a six-week long stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline shifted to yet another location along the construction route, this time to a site northwest of Almont just along the north side the Interstate 94 exit ramp at Exit 120.
Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, said three protesters remain attached to three pieces of equipment at the worksite as officers are working to free them. Keller reported that work on the pipeline has been stopped at the site.
Until Tuesday, the direct action to interfere with pipeline construction had been centered close to an encampment near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Now, activists are moving up the pipeline route as far as 50 to 60 miles away from the camp. There were 20 arrests Tuesday at a construction site near Glen Ullin.
Bismarck Tribune photographer Mike McLeary was at the latest scene northwest of Almont and said it’s difficult to get close to the action because the landowner does not want anyone entering his property. The pipeline construction is just behind the grain silos on the farmstead.
McLeary said it appears the pipeline protesters have fled on foot into surrounding sunflower fields. Law enforcement is at the site, the construction workers are standing off to the side and an airplane is circling overhead, apparently in communication with enforcement on the ground.
Since Aug. 10, the action against the pipeline has resulted in nearly 60 arrests.