Construction on Dakota Access Pipeline halted due to safety concerns

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MANDAN, N.D. - Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been going on for about a week now.

Wednesday, a meeting was held between the Morton County Sheriff's Department, other law enforcement agencies and Dakota Access.

In a press conference following that meeting, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier announced that Dakota Access will be stopping work on the pipeline in the interests of safety.

"It is turning into an unlawful protest with some of the things that have been done and have been compromised at this point. We have had incidents and reports of weapons, of pipe bombs, of some shots fired," said Kirchmeier.

A date for construction to be resumed has not been determined.