SANDUSKY, Iowa — Authorities say 44 people were cited and one person was jailed during a weekend protest intended to block construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline in southeast Iowa.
Lee County Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Bonar said Monday that 38 adults were cited for trespassing and released from the county jail after authorities removed them from the work-site entrance of the Dakota Access pipeline in Sandusky.
Six juveniles also were cited and released, and one was held on charges of trespassing and interference with official acts.
About 200 people protested on Saturday, Bonar said, but were peaceful. Those cited were removed after walking through a line of private security and sheriff’s deputies who stood in front of the driveway.
A larger protest over the pipeline, which would transport oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation to Illinois, was been taking place in North Dakota.