Pipeline Protesters Arrested

Demonstration along route in Boone Co.

By Melissa Higgins | mhiggins@weareiowa.com

Published 08/31 2016 06:12PM

Updated 08/31 2016 06:12PM

BOONE COUNTY -- Several activists were arrested Wednesday afternoon during a protest along the Dakota Access pipeline route in Boone County.

The group, which completed "peaceful protesting" training Wednesday morning before their event, said they want to make a point about the harmful effects they predict this pipeline project will have.

A State Patrol spokesman called it "unfortunate" that a few of the protesters behaved illegally, but said the majority of the group was acting peacefully.

Earlier protests along the pipeline route in North Dakota resulted in mass arrests. Activists chained themselves to construction equipment in an effort to stop construction in land that belongs to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The pipeline is slated to stretch 340 miles diagonally across Iowa once it is complete. Several property owners along the route are continuing to fight the construction in the court system, with a lawsuit over the use of eminent domain.

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