Dakota Access Files Federal Lawsuit Against Protestors

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The developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline filed a federal lawsuit against tribal chair Dave Archambault and other protestors today.
The lawsuit asks federal Judge Daniel Hovland to order protestors to stop interfering with construction on the pipeline.
Dakota Access claims the protestors have halted and interfered with construction at the Lake Oahe crossing in southern Morton County.
The lawsuit says the protestors are threatening the safety of workers, contractors and others.
Dakota Access says construction time is limited.
A permit issued by the Corps of Engineers expires next March.
The pipeline will transport up to 570,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois when finished.
A former Bismarck police officer hired for security describes a hostile environment at the construction site.
Paul Olson filed an affidavit in support of the federal lawsuit.
Olson says last Wednesday one protester had a 12 inch knife and said security would get “hurt” if they entered.
Thursday Olson alleges someone in the crowd said the “White United States” had declared an act of war and that “force would be met with force.”
He also says Dakota Access representatives have received threats via email.
Friday Olson says protesters threw rocks and bottles as workers and law enforcement left the site.

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