Transcript for Controversial Oil Pipeline Sparks New Confrontations Between Police and Protesters
We turn next here to a new flashpoint at the site of a controversial pipeline plan in North Dakota. New arrests tonight amid a clash at the scene. Protesters crossing a river to reach the construction site, then met with police in riot gear with pepper spray. Here tonight, ABC's Clayton Sandell. Reporter: On the banks of this North Dakota creek today, police hit protesters with pepper spray as they tried to cross the water on a makeshift footbridge. This latest standoff is part of a protest that's been going on for months. 140 protesters were arrested last week after building roadblocks and setting cars on fire. They are trying to stop construction of a 1,200-mile pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. Saying the pipeline would disturb native American cultural sites. The pipeline company says it would be safer and cheaper than using trucks or trains. Today, president Obama says the army corps of engineers is looking into the possibility of changing the pipeline's path. My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of native Americans. Reporter: But that decision could take several more beweeks. In the meantime, protesters say they're not going anywhere.
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