Opponents of proposed Dakota access pipeline holding 500-mile relay
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — American Indians and others who oppose a proposed oil pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois are taking part in a 500-mile spiritual relay.
Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline are running from Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to the Army Corps of Engineers office in Omaha, Nebraska.
The relay began Sunday and should end next Tuesday.
The 1,130-mile pipeline planned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners would pass through the Dakotas and Iowa on its way to Illinois. Regulators in all states have approved the project, but it still needs approval from the corps.
Tribal officials fear contamination to drinking water. Energy Transfer Partners maintains the pipeline will be safe.
Standing Rock Sioux officials plan to meet with a corps official Friday in South Dakota.