Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Bakken Pipeline Protest

Protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline have garnered national attention on several occasions. A protest on Saturday, October 22, resulted in the arrests of dozens of people. The Morton County, North Dakota, protest occurred approximately three miles west of State Highway 1806 along the pipeline right-of-way.

Numerous Individuals Arrested

A spokesperson for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said that 300 protesters allegedly trespassed on private property. The 83 individuals arrested were charged with criminal trespass and engaging in a riot, according to CNN. On October 10, approximately 20 other protesters were arrested in the same general area.

One of those was actress Shailene Woodley, a star in the movies Divergent and Snowden. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was also arrested along the pipeline route on a previous occasion. Opposition to the pipeline also comes from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose North Dakota reservation is close to the pipeline route.

Over 1,000 Miles Long at Completion

The Dakota Access pipeline will eventually stretch 1,172 miles from the Bakken Formation southeast to South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The pipeline’s developer, Energy Access Partners, says its capacity will be 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident in the Bakken region, our firm makes it possible to it is possible to discuss the matter with a personal injury attorney free-of-charge and without obligation. We fight hard to get our clients the full compensation they qualify for under all applicable laws. To learn more, please contact us.