Thousands of protesters have gathered in Cannon Ball, North Dakota since August to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a proposed 1,172-mile pipeline enabling North Dakota-produced oil reach refining markets in IL.
A Kamloops man is among thousands of people who are still gathered at Standing Rock, the Sioux reservation in the US where protestors have camped for months against a crude oil pipeline in North Dakota.
Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment cheered and chanted "mni wichoni" - "water is life" in Lakota Sioux - after the Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.
The federal government announced in November that they would close public access to the area on December 5, but authorities have since said they don't have plans to forcibly remove activists.
The Administration stated that it has made a "policy decision", which is Washington code for a political decision, the companies noted.
"We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing", tribal chairman Dave Archambault said.
The Army Corps now seeks to engage in additional review and analysis of alternative locations for the pipeline.
In a 17-page memo to campaign supporters and congressional staff, Trump's transition team says Trump "intends to cut the bureaucratic red tape put in place by the Obama administration that has prevented our country from diversifying our energy portfolio".
President-elect Donald Trump supports completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Midwest, based on policy and not the billionaire businessman's investments in a partnership building the $3.8 billion pipeline, according to an aide's memo. Clashes with police had turned violent in recent days, with law enforcement turning water hoses on protesters in below-freezing temperatures.
"This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it meant to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office", the companies said in their joined statement.
"If we come forward, they will attack us", Clark said. Authorities also asked protesters not to remove barriers on the bridge, which they have said was damaged in the late October conflict that led to several people being hurt, including a serious arm injury. Any violation will "will result in their arrest", the statement said.
Steven Perry, a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran who's a member of the Little Traverse Bay band of Odawa Indians in MI, spoke of one of the protesters' main concerns: that the pipeline could pollute drinking water. "This is not just a native issue", he said, "This is an issue for everyone".