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The Latest: Feds block route of Dakota Access pipeline in NDSubmitted: 12/04/2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA - The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline protest (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.

Corps spokeswoman Moria Kelley said in a news release Sunday that the administration will not allow the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir where construction had been on hold.

Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said her decision was based on the need to "explore alternate routes" for the pipeline's crossing.

The route has been the subject of months of protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and others, who have argued the pipeline threatens a water source and cultural sites.

The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, and the Morton County Sheriff's Office didn't have immediate comment.

The federal government has ordered people to leave the main encampment, which is on Army Corps of Engineers' land and is close to the construction site, by Monday.

Demonstrators say they're prepared to stay, and federal, state and local authorities say they won't forcibly remove the protesters.


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2:45 p.m.

A disabled Gulf War veteran from Flint, Michigan, says he sees irony in the parallels between his city's lead-tainted water issue and the four-state Dakota Access pipeline.

Art Woodson is a disabled Gulf War veteran who served in the Army and drove to the main protest encampment from North Dakota with two others ‚Ä" a 17-hour nonstop drive. He's here as part of the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group.

The 49-year-old says he is showing is support for "Native Americans and for water," because Flint residents know "that water is in dire need."

Woodson also said that "they're trying to force pipes on people" but that "we're trying to get pipes in Flint for safe water."

The group had said about 2,000 veterans were going to the camp, where several hundred people have for months protested the $3.8 billion pipeline, but it wasn't clear how many actually arrived.

The government has ordered people to leave the encampment by Monday. Demonstrators say they're prepared to stay.

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1:30 p.m.

A Vietnam veteran who's part of a Michigan tribe says he came to the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp because the issue of water quality is "an issue for everyone."

Sixty-six-year-old Steven Perry is from Traverse City, Michigan, and a member of the Little Traverse Bay band of Odawa Indians. He came to help at the Oceti Sakowin camp, which is on federal land in southern North Dakota, as part of the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group.

Perry says: "When we fought for this country, we fought for everyone."

The group had said about 2,000 veterans were going to the camp, where several hundred people have for months protested the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline, but it wasn't clear how many actually arrived.

The government has ordered people to leave the main encampment by Monday, but demonstrators say they're prepared to stay. Federal, state and local authorities say they won't forcibly remove the protesters.

Story By: Associated Press

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