Protesters are gearing up for the harsh North Dakota winter as demonstrations continue. The government has ordered protesters to leave the federal land by Monday while demonstrators insist they will stay as long as it takes to divert the pipeline.
Meanwhile, Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, a group of more than 2,000 U.S. military veterans, intend to reach North Dakota this weekend to provide relief for protesters.
The pipeline is mostly complete except for a short segment that would pass beneath a Missouri River reservoir, a river that provides drinking water for millions. Dakota Access claims that the pipeline is a safer alternative to other modes of crude oil transportation such as rail or trucks.