>> With tepees and tents pitched, Native Americans and environmentalists brace for the coming cold winter as they dig in for their fight against a controversial $3.7 billion oil pipeline routed through North Dakota. They won round one after the US government stepped in to delay construction in a stunning twist earlier this month.
But pipeline constructor Energy Transfer Partners has said it's committed to seeing the project through and is now looking into potential rerouting. I'm Ernie Scheyder with Reuters here in Cannonball, North Dakota, where thousands of people have come together to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The nearby Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims that the pipeline would disturb their historical burial sites and also pollute their water.
It's become a big issue for the tribes and their supporters and they're saying they're not going anywhere anytime soon. They started camping out in late March here near Lake Oahe, a large and culturally important reservoir on the Missouri River, where the pipeline was supposed to cross. The numbers swelled as the pipeline constructor, Energy Transfer Partners, got the green light from federal regulators for the project in July.
Activists have said they fear damage to the water supply in the event of a leak, though there are many pipelines in the United States that carry fuel under waterways. The fight isn't over. Protestors told me they'll stay until the project is completely scrapped. For now, all eyes are on federal regulators waiting to see if they do indeed approve this pipeline.