Oil pipeline protest in the US involved clash with riot officers
- 03.11.2016, 11:08,
- Ecology » Ecology. Main
New standoff came after the plans for a 1,931-kilometer oil pipeline which will run through five US states inciting anger from environmental activists and Native Americans.
Pepper spray and tear gas have been used on dozens of people as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach the developer's property, officials said.
Eyewitnesses said the roughly 200 protesters took part in demonstrators who also attempted to build a wooden footbridge across the Cantapeta Creek, which runs into the Missouri River, to gain access to the pipeline site.
Officials said police used "less-than-lethal" means to prevent protesters from reaching land, including two arrests.
Medics treated some demonstrators for hypothermia and others for the side-effects of pepper spray and tear gas.
It has not been the first protest against the $3.8 billion (3.42 billion euro) pipeline.
Hundreds of people have been arrested rejecting to leave the area in recent weeks.