As Energy Transfer Partners continues toward the Missouri River without the permits required to actually drill under it, opponents to the crude oil pipeline are positioning themselves to make their opinion known.
Yesterday, three people crawled inside a section of the Dakota Access pipeline by the Des Moines River near Boone, Iowa, in an effort to stop Energy Partner's construction project.
According to the Boone News-Republican, the three people crawled into the pipe with food, water, and sleeping bags around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. The three people are part of the Mississippi Stand organization that has been protesting the pipeline construction in Iowa.
Dakota Access security officials allegedly banged on the pipe and blew water and air into the pipe in an effort to try and get the three individuals to come out.
Meanwhile, Energy Transfer Partners continues to defy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers multiple requests for the company to stop construction for 30 days. The company has not acquired the easements necessary for it to tunnel under the river. Building without approved easements is a violation of federal law, the Army Corps emphasized.
"Any work must adhere to federal regulations,” the Army Corps said. “Failure to comply can bring legal action. Construction without proper permits or easements in place can result in fines and legal action."
The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it will soon announce steps to seek a "path forward" for the Dakota Access pipeline as the Dakota Access, LLC refuses to heed the second plea to stop the last stretch of construction toward the Missouri River.
The video below posted by Paulette Moore shows footage taken by a drone operated by Dean Dedman, Jr., that shows the pipeline preparations.