Keystone XL Pipeline Protesters Block Canada-Bound Trucks Pine Ridge Native Reserve

Keystone Pipeline

First Posted: 03/06/2012 8:51 am Updated: 05/06/2012 5:12 am

WANBLEE, S.D. - Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline blocked two large trucks for six hours on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Protester Debra White Plume tells the Rapid City Journalthat the group stopped the Canada-bound trucks Monday in Wanblee and asked the drivers why they were going through the reservation.

She says the truckers told the group they were heading to a Canadian oilfield with empty containers for drinking water and were driving through the reservation to save money.

White Plume says she, her husband and three other people eventually were arrested for disorderly conduct and released about three hours later.

The trucks continued on their way under police escort.

President Barack Obama in January temporarily halted the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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From Getty: SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 25: Protestors against the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hold signs and stand on a Keith Haring sculpture as they demonstrate outside of the W Hotel before the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama on October 25, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Hundreds of protestors from a wide variety of activist groups staged protests outside of the W Hotel where President Obama was holding a $7,500 per person fundraiser. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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