A year ago, the Sacred Stone camp to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline was established near Cannonball. That site grew from a handful of people to a population of thousands. Now, another small gathering of activists is occurring in South Dakota to voice their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.
The ground work for another anti-oil movement is being laid in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Only 15 to 20 people have pitched tents, but the camp is expected to grow.
In the run-up to next week’s final public hearings on the Keystone XL Pipeline police in Lincoln are bracing for protests, beginning with a Sunday afternoon march and rally.
Marchers are set to take their case against the pipeline from the state capitol to the Cornhusker Hotel, where the Public Service Commission will hold its week-long hearings starting Monday.
According to a statement from the Lincoln Police Department, LPD is working with “multiple agencies” including the Nebraska State Patrol to keep next week’s events safe and sound. “We will protect the citizen’s right to free speech while those who choose to violate the law will be held accountable for their actions.”