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Veterans group says Dakota Access pipeline won't be built on their watch

Protesters rally against Wells Fargo in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock in Hollywood, California, on December 21, 2016. / AFP / TOMMASO BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)

According to CNBC, a group consisting of U.S. military veterans has taken it upon themselves to stand in the way of the completion of the Dakota access pipeline.

"We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected. That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch," said Anthony Diggs, a spokesman for Veterans Stand.

"Veterans Stand" is a GoFundMe that was started to help fund the veteran's group protesting the pipeline, and as of this writing it has raised just over $56,000 of it's $500,000 goal after five days.

These veterans are going to stand in the way, despite the Army Corps of Engineers being involved.

The secretary of the Army instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant Energy Transfer Partners the easement it needs to complete the final stretch of its $3.7 billion pipeline, Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer, both of North Dakota, said Tuesday.

Just last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that to put the Dakota Access Pipeline's completion on the fast track. This has naturally upset the protestors that have made standing in the way of the completion of the pipeline something of a full time job. In fact, the protestors have become such a problem that even the Sioux tribe on standing rock has had to take measures to get the protestors to go home.

 

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