Law enforcement meets prior to Keystone XL Pipeline construction

North and South Dakota law enforcement agencies are preparing to police possible altercations like the ones that occurred during Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Earlier this month, five counties from North and South Dakota met to discuss "preventative" measures for actions that could possibly occur in connection with the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline through southwest North Dakota and northwest South Dakota.

Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle said he reached out to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who was heavily involved in the protests at Cannonball. The two gathered with law enforcement officers from Bowman, Slope, Fallon, Adams, and Harding Counties to discuss enforcement options.

Kirchmeier says the meeting was to update law enforcement on the DAPL incident and to prepare for future protests if there are any.

"We just have to hope there are no protests, and if there are, we hope they are legal," said Kirchmeier.

Kirchmeier says if protest reaction escalates, it could affect businesses and the community.

"We want to make sure law enforcement is aware of the resources may or may not needed," said Kirchmeier.

Both Eberle and Kirchmeier say the goal of the meeting was to be informational for surrounding law enforcement counties that could potentially be affected by the pipeline.