Panel: Dakota Access-style protests could become commonplace

July 19, 2017 12:26 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Industry officials say demonstrations like the massive encampment to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota could become commonplace.

The opposition by American Indian tribes and others to the recently completed $3.8 billion pipeline was discussed Wednesday at an annual oil industry conference in Bismarck. A panel dissected what was learned from the nearly yearlong protest.

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Craig Stevens, a spokesman for a pro-pipeline coalition, says opponents "will not rest" and industry officials should "realize these protests are going to happen."

He says the oil industry must battle misinformation by opponents, while touting the benefits of such projects.

Troy Eid, a former U.S. attorney in Colorado who specializes in Indian law, says tribal consultation is key and something the industry must take "much more seriously."

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