How will it end? Experts weigh in on possible outcomes of Dakota Access Pipeline protest


FARGO — When Joye Braun and her cousin first started camping in April near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, she thought maybe 200 or 300 people would join their fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Braun said she could have never predicted that the camp's population would swell into the thousands and gain support around the world.

Equally hard to predict is what will happen now as both sides appear as entrenched as ever. Concerned the pipeline will encroach on sacred sites and taint drinking water on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, protesters are hunkering down for a North Dakota winter. Meanwhile, the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, remains intent on finishing the four-state, $3.8 billion project.


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