By Daymond Steer
CONWAY — Several locals recently headed west to join protesters at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Meanwhile, others are doing what they can in the Mount Washington Valley to support the Native Americans who oppose a 1,200-mile pipeline, which was planned to move crude oil to Illinois under Lake Oahe on the reservation.
declined to approve a permit that the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, needed in order to finish construction along the planned route. While the company has vowed to continue its construction, this was good news for the protesters, who had been anticipating a mandatory evacuation order from North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple.A major breakthrough occurred Sunday, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it had decided
Over the months of the standoff, police had fired water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas and other non-lethal weapons at the protesters, many of them tribal members who fear the pipeline's potential effects on the environment as well as its impact on burial sites and drinking water on the reservation.
Among the locals who left late last week to join the protest was Sean Carney of Conway, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the state House of Representatives from District 2 in the recent election.
He said the people of Bismark, N.D., had tried to get the pipeline rerouted away from the city and toward the Sioux Nation.
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