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In Pictures: Protest over Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline

Since early September, activists have had a stand-off with the authorities over Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, US. The Dakota Access pipeline is slated to be a 1,886km underground pipeline that will transport crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a refinery in Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters are concerned by the damage the drilling will have on the environment, and their native land. Teepees, tents and other makeshift shelters have sprung up over the area and activists are planning to stay put to stop the drilling under the Missouri river. The protests have been taking place in different parts of the country.