RTE reporter James D’Amico has been following the Keystone pipeline protests since they started.
He writes about the latest developments in the pipeline and the struggles of workers in North Dakota.
In early April, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) granted an easement to the Bakken oil pipeline in North Carolina.
This allowed oil companies to start drilling the pipeline in the Bakstones Bakken Shale region.
The oil company, Energy Transfer Partners, plans to move some of its oil from North Dakota into Montana.
However, the USACE is not giving the company permission to begin fracking.
The Bakstons shale is rich in natural gas, but it is also a highly volatile oil deposit, making it dangerous to work in.
Workers have been organising for weeks against the pipeline.
In April, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple called for a protest against the project in North Dakotas capital city, Bismarck.
On Monday, thousands of people rallied in front of the state Capitol in support of workers and protesters.
According to a USACE news release, “USACE granted an emergency permit to the construction of the pipeline to allow for safety and environmental protection.
The permit will be used to conduct a safe and orderly cleanup of the Bakstad Shale.
USACE and the Department of Justice will cooperate in any investigation into the safety and welfare of the workers and their families, and will ensure that all the required safety equipment and equipment is deployed to the site to ensure safe operation of the construction activities.”
On Monday, a group of North Dakots also called for protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
They called on the government to approve the project.
On April 23, a US District Court in New York issued an injunction preventing the DAPL from going forward.
The judge said the permit was not valid because it was issued in bad faith, which was a violation of the law.
In response to the injunction, the Baktards Pipeline and Energy Transfer Pipeline workers have been staging protests in the state capital of Bismark.
This is not the first time protests against oil pipelines have erupted in North America.
In 2015, hundreds of people protested against oil drilling in the Arctic, in response to oil spills.
In September 2016, protests were staged in Seattle against an oil pipeline project, in which Shell was involved.
The protesters were met with violent response from police.
In October 2016, a protest in Washington state, against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, was also met with violence from police, who broke up a sit-in.
According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Baksts Shale oil is a public utility, which means it is entitled to the same rights and protections as all other public utilities in the United Nations.
According the US State Department, Bakstalls oil has been found in the environment.
The company is seeking to recover oil from the area, and says that the oil could be stored in tanks for up to 30 years.