Dakota Access Pipeline protestors gather outside Dallas headquarters
DALLAS, Texas - About two dozen demonstrators held a peaceful protest outside the Dallas-based company that operates the controversial Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.
The group gathered outside the Energy Transfer Partners Headquarters with signs in support of native tribes and others trying to halt the construction of the four-state pipeline. They want the company to come up with other ways to get oil.
“I feel like the people who live there and love it are being trampled on just for money,” said protestor Doug Kirk.
Protesters have been demonstrating for months. They're worried the pipeline would affect the drinking water on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's reservation as well as the destruction of cultural artifacts as well as burial sites.
Meanwhile, North Dakota officials agreed to borrow another $4 million to cover the escalating costs of policing those protests. Some of the emergency appropriations are being used to pay for law officers from other states.
The state's emergency commission borrowed $6 million from the state-owned bank of North Dakota in September. Officials say that money has been spent.
More than 400 people have been arrested since August.
The governor said the state also would be open to contributions from tribes and energy transfer partners.