>> An environmental protest including a plot to sabotage crude oil pipelines ending Tuesday with the arrest of activists in several states. The group Climate Direct Action targeted five pipelines carrying crude from Canada's oil sands into the United States. Video and photos posted by the Group show protesters in Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington state breaking fences and switching off valves.
Together the lines can carry up to 2.8 million barrels of oil a day, equivalent to about 15% of daily US oil consumption. Reuters correspondent Nia Williams is in Calgary.>> One thing that's notable is the group was very organized in getting out a media release really soon after it happened.
They've been available all day to speak to, they're answering phone calls. They are talking to media so they really want to get their story out there and make it very clear that they are trying to stop the flow of oil. Oil sands crude is seen as some of the dirtiest on the planet because of the energy intensive processes used to extract the crude.
And this is really the latest in quite a long line now of pipeline projects.>> The affected pipelines are now back online or in the process of restarting operations. Tuesday's move by Climate Direct Action just the latest show of support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Which has been against the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota access pipeline carrying oil from North Dakota to the US Gulf coast over fears of potential damage to sacred land and water supplies.
Construction of one section in North Dakota has been halted after protests. On Monday, 27 people were arrested in North Dakota, including actress Shailene Woodley who narrated her arrest on Facebook Live.>>