Army expected to approve easement for DAPL

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The camp's population has thinned to fewer than 300 due to harsh winter weather and a plea by Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault for the camp to disband before the spring flooding season.

The controversial project, which is meant to bring oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale region to IL, runs adjacent to the Standing Rock reservation in the southern part of North Dakota.

Activists at Oceti Sakowin near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation brace for sub-zero temperatures expected overnight on December 6 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rob Keller said the latest arrests were made after demonstrators moved from their existing camp on flood-prone ground to land owned by the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners.

The Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it has started a review for the permit, but that the easement had not been granted. But last week, President Trump instructed the Army Corps to approve it as soon as possible. Cramer also praised Trump, calling him a "man of action" after his executive actions last week to move ahead with approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.

Formal charges are pending against Chase Iron Eyes, who's been helping organize opposition to the $3.8 billion pipeline the Standing Rock Sioux says threatens its drinking water. It needs only the final stretch, which runs under Lake Oahe, to be completed to become operational. In a response to Hoeven's DAPL statement, the tribe noted that this is not the actual easement but notification the easement is imminent, and the tribe vowed that "if and when the easement is granted, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe will vigorously pursue legal action".

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"We stand ready to fight this battle against corporate interest superseding government procedure and the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans".

The tribe is trying to steer protesters to a March 10 event called the Rise with Standing Rock Native Nations March on Washington.

The 11 documents at issue discuss the amount of oil that would flow out if the pipeline ruptured in various places, according to court papers filed Wednesday evening by Dakota Access LLC.

The site is near the main protest camp that has existed for months on federal land, and still is home to several hundred protesters.

"After repeated warnings to vacate a camp being illegally set up on private property in southern Morton County, south of Backwater Bridge, approximately 76 members of a rogue group of protesters were arrested by law enforcement officials today", the Morton County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.

A spokesman for the U.S. Army did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday night.