Restraining order issued against unlawful protesters for interfering with Dakota Access Pipeline construction

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 3:47 PM CDT
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UPDATE: 8/16/2016 5:18 p.m. -

Dakota Access, LLC has a temporary restraining order against protesters interfering with construction of their pipeline.

The federal court order does not apply to peaceful protesting or assembly.

Work at the site near Cannon Ball was stalled after some protesters entered the work site Monday. But work is expected to pick up again Wednesday, and the company is ensuring there are no problems.

There are already several hundred and counting coming to fight the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. One protester says the Sioux Nation is gathering.

"We are standing with standing rock," says C.J. Clifford, protester.

Clifford is from the Oglala Sioux tribe in South Dakota, but he says there are many opposed to the pipeline much farther away.

"There's people traveling not only from the Dakotas now, they're coming from down south, they're coming east, they're coming from southwest," says Clifford.

Tribal leaders and spiritual leaders led a march to the site to pray. It was a different scene than the last several days.

There's no work being done at the site Tuesday, but as for Wednesday, it's unknown if the workers will be back.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier met with tribal leaders today and says work is expected to continue Wednesday.

The company released this statement on the protest:

"...we are disappointed that there are those who will put the lives of others in jeopardy. We will continue to put the safety of our workers and those who live in the area as our top priority"

The temporary restraining order will prohibit protesters from threatening workers or inciting criminal activity. A hearing will be held next week to determine whether a preliminary injunction will be put in place.

The temporary restraining order only applies to those protesting violently or inciting criminal activity,

ORIGINAL STORY: 8/16/2016 4:43 p.m. -

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ordered a temporary restraining order against protesters for unlawfully interfering with Dakota Access, LLC and its representatives from construction at the site.

Court documents state that lawful assembly and peaceful protesting is acceptable, but no threats, violence or criminal activity will be tolerated.

There will be a preliminary injunction hearing on August 25 at North Dakota District Court in Bismarck.

The restraining order can be dissolved if Dakota Access fails to show why a preliminary injunction should be in place.