$2 Million in Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Equipment Burnt to Ashes in Protest


Equipment at the Dakota Access Pipeline site in Reasnor, Iowa has been set on fire for the second time in recent month in an incident which is being treated as arson. The incident has damaged an estimated $2million worth of pipeline equipment.


 

Reasnor Assistant Fire Chief Don Steenhoek has blamed Dakota Access Pipeline protesters for the attack, despite there being no real evidence or witnesses against the named group.


Steenhoek told KCCI, the local news outlet: 
[I]t’s pretty senseless, they’re not getting back at the pipeline. They’re just hurting the guys trying to make a living and put it in. 





However, one commenter who appeared to be on the opposite side to Steehoek said “Maybe the ‘poor guys just making a living’ should go find another job that doesn’t destroy the environment and put millions of peoples [sic] drinking water at risk.”

The attack has seemingly come from the ever increasing tensions between Native American “water protectors,” the Dakota Access Pipeline builders, and law enforcement across North Dakota and Iowa, as well as several other states.


Since the pipelines construction began, hundreds of protesters have been arrested for acts of 'civil disobedience'.


The tension come from what the Native Americans have highlighted as land rights issues, destruction of sacred sites, treaty violations, and the pipeline’s potential to contaminate the drinking water of millions of people. Last month the Justice Department passed an order to stop pipeline construction on Army Corps of Engineers’ land, however, construction has continued elsewhere on the $3.8-billion, 1,200-mile long project.

Adam Mason from the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has pointed out that the Native American protesters are not the only ones less than happy with the construction of the pipelines. The Dakota Access Pipeline have had to face criticism from environmental groups, landowners, ranchers, and farmers who have had their land seized, and given away to the private company responsible for the pipeline, Dakota Access LLC.

Worryingly, it has been said the law enforcement in North Dakota have been opposing free speech, as protesters are arrested and Facebook videos of the crackdown were blocked.
Journalists have also been targeted, with many being arrested simply for reporting on the events. Amy Goodman, a renowned progressive journalist was issued with a warrant for 'riot charges, simply for her reporting in North Dakota. 






These charges however have since been dropped. Unfortunately filmmaker Deia Schlosberg is facing a much worse fate, she is facing up to 45 years in jail for charges related to filming the pipeline protests.


Derrick Broze, a journalist for who covers indigenous struggles for Anti-Media, however is ignoring all the warnings and is planning on live streaming from his Facebook page and writing articles despite the very real threat to his freedom.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior Camps in August,” Derrick said. “I was blown away by the unity and power resonating from the community at Standing Rock. Since I have left, the camp has grown immensely and the police have increased the brutal militarization and escalation of the situation. I will be reporting live from Saturday, October 22nd to Friday the 28th to show you exactly what is taking place in the fight against the DAPL.


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