| CANNON BALL, N.D.
CANNON BALL, N.D. Nov 30 North Dakota law
enforcement will not make spot checks on vehicles headed to the
camp where activists are protesting a pipeline project near a
Native American reservation, the governor's office said on
The move suggests the state will not seek to actively
enforce Monday's emergency order to evacuate the camp issued by
Governor Jack Dalrymple, who cited a coming blizzard.
Local law enforcement officials had said on Tuesday they
planned a blockade of the camp - but they and state officials
later retreated from that stance to say they would only check
vehicles for certain prohibited supplies like propane, and
potentially issue fines.
"The governor has said there will be no checkpoints, no
stopping of vehicles," said Jeff Zent, a spokesman for
Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the
$3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the
Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying the project poses a
threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites.
The 1,172-mile (1,885 km) pipeline project, owned by
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, is mostly
complete except for a segment planned to run under Lake Oahe, a
reservoir formed by a dam on the Missouri River.
(Additional reporting by Ernest Scheyder in Houston and Alex
Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Matthew Lewis)