Protesters Plan March on Memorial Bridge

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A group of Dakota Access pipeline protesters plan a march across Bismarck’s memorial bridge Tuesday afternoon.

A group called Standing Rock Water Protectors sent out a press release saying it plans to march across the bridge around 2:00 p.m.

The group also plans to attend a Morton County Commission meeting early this evening.

Commissioners are providing time for public comment about how it has handled the protest situation in southern Morton County.

Protests at the proposed site where the Dakota Access pipeline will travel under the Missouri River began early this spring.

They escalated two weeks ago when work officially began in the area.

Since then, more than 2,000 protesters have participated.

Morton County authorities placed a roadblock on Highway 1806 to deter traffic from the area where the protests are taking place and Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a state of emergency.

A federal court in Washington D.C. is scheduled to decide on an emergency injunction filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wednesday.

The tribe is requesting a halt to the pipeline project.

The company installing the pipeline also filed a lawsuit.

Transfer Partner’s Inc. is seeking a preliminary injunction against the protesters.  

That hearing is set for Sept. 8.

It wants to continue work as soon as possible.

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