Years after first oil pipeline protests broke out, North Dakota lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would permanently seal public records involving the police response. The records are critical to ongoing lawsuits. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was met with resistance from the moment it was announced in 2014. Transporting shale oil through four states, the $3.78 billion project drew the fury of environmental activists and Native Americans, whose reservation it ran through. Nearly 800 protesters were arrested and 300 injured between April 2016 and the project’s completion a year later.
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