More than 30 people protesting Dakota Access pipeline construction arrested in past 2 days


Environmental and Native American rights activists participate in a demonstration against the Dakota Access oil Pipeline, in Los Angeles, California, September 12, 2016. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)The protest in Los Angeles comes one day ahead of a national “day of action” to ask US President Barack Obama to permanently stop construction of the pipeline which would carry up to 470,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois, passing within half a mile of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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ALMONT, N.D. — Authorities in southern North Dakota say more than 30 protesters have been arrested in the last two days at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site north of Almont.

The site is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of the main protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Morton County authorities say eight people were arrested Wednesday, including three cited for locking themselves onto construction equipment. The county says 69 people have been arrested since protests began last month.

A federal judge declined last week to block the pipeline, but the government halted work near Lake Oahe in order to re-examine approval of the pipeline on Army Corps of Engineers’ land.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says his office will keep pursuing charges against protesters who attach themselves to equipment.

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