- Title: Winter snow storm hits pipeline protest camp in North Dakota
- Date: 6th December 2016
- Summary: VARIOUS OF CAMP AS WIND BLOWS THROUGH FOLLOWING STORM
- Embargoed: 21st December 2016 07:14
- Keywords: protesters North Dakota pipeline winter
- Location: NEAR CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES
- City: NEAR CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVA0035BQUJIF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A winter snow storm blew through the North Dakota camp where thousands of protesters have gathered to block the construction of an oil pipeline on Monday (December 5).
A day after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline, a blizzard sent 40 miles-per-hour (64km per hour) winds whipping through the tipis and tents causing white out conditions.
After a relatively warm autumn, this was the first serious storm of the winter, with temperatures dropping to 15F (-9C).
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault, told Reuters that after the decision nothing would happen over the winter before President-elect Donald Trump takes power, so protesters should leave.
A coalition of Native American groups, environmentalists, Hollywood stars and veterans of the U.S. armed forces protested the $3.8 billion oil project.
They said construction would damage sacred lands and any leaks could pollute the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
It was unclear if protesters would heed Archambault's call to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
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