BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered on the grounds of the North Dakota Capitol to protest.
The Capitol this week is the site of a special session of the Legislature that was called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address state budget woes.
The opponents are calling for Dalrymple and legislators to put a halt to construction of the pipeline until tribal lawsuits are addressed.
The $3.8 billion pipeline being built by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois, passing through South Dakota and Iowa.
The pipeline has received strong opposition from environmental and landowner rights groups. Energy Transfer Partners maintains the pipeline will be a safe, cost-effective way to transport oil and will create jobs.
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