Wisconsin officers respond to site of controversial pipeline project


NORTH DAKOTA (WBAY) – Seventeen Wisconsin State Patrol officers are on duty at the site of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project.

Steve Olson of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation tells Action 2 News that the officers arrived last Sunday and will return to Wisconsin this Saturday.

North Dakota requested help at the pipeline from Wisconsin Emergency Management. Olson says all costs will be reimbursed by an emergency management assistance compact with North Dakota.

In addition to the troopers, officers from St. Croix County, Dane County, Rock County, and Marathon County were sent to the pipeline site.

On Monday, 27 pipeline protesters were arrested and accused of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot. Actress Shailene Woodley broadcast her arrest on Facebook Live.

Madison Alderperson Rebecca Kemble was also arrested, according to family members. They say Kemble spent the night in jail.

A federal appeals court ruled on Sunday that company Energy Transfer Partners can resume construction on private land near Lake Oahe, according to an Associated Press report.

Groups have been protesting the $3.8 million pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois for months. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been fighting to halt construction of the pipeline. They fear it will contaminate the water supply and disrupt tribal burial sites.


Actress Shailene Woodley protests pipeline, livestreams arrest