Live updates from Dakota Access Pipeline protests

From The Seattle Times

  • Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes and Times photographer Alan Berner are on the ground through the end of the week to report on protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Bismarck, N.D.
  • Hundreds of protesters have joined the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in their effort to block construction of the pipeline they say threatens water supplies and sacred sites.
  • American Indian tribes in Washington state on Tuesday called on President Obama to overhaul the way the federal government consults with tribes on fossil-fuel export and other projects. Also on Tuesday, the Obama administration asked for the second time that Energy Transfer Partners stand down on the Dakota Access Pipeline, to no avail.

Update, 1:23 p.m. (Pacific Time):

Darryl Lies, from Douglas, North Dakota, said he came to the standoff “because of the violation of private property rights. And the use of one right to trample another is an abuse of our God-given and our country-given rights.”

Lies is president of the North Dakota Farm Bureau. “They are using the First Amendment right to trample private property rights,” he said.

Lies said the protests have harmed the relationship between farmers and ranchers and the tribe.

“We just want this to go away,” he said.