Protesters Invovled in Standoff with Authorities at Cantapeta Creek

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A standoff between protesters and law enforcement today involved boats and people swimming across Cantapeta Creek near Cannon Ball.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Department says protesters tied to gain access to private property on the Cannon Ball Ranch.

Morton County officials say the standoff ended around 2 p.m. when protesters returned to the main camp area.
This morning law enforcement saw protesters building a wooden bridge across the creek.
The Army Corps of Engineers gave Morton County the ok to remove the bridge and arrest those who trespassed.
Authorities say protesters continued to gain access by swimming and using boats to get across the river–which flows into the Cannon Ball River near Highway 1806.

About 200 people protesting pipeline included 30 in waste deep water confronted law enforcment officers. Medics were treating some protesters for hypothermia and others who were hit with pepper spray.

One person was arrested for conspiracy to commit obstruction of a government function for purchaing canoes and kayaks to help protesters cross the creek.


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