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Pipeline protests continue even after Corps of Engineers denies permit

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Despite the Army Corps of Engineers denying the final permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline over the weekend, protesters still gathered in Holladay Park Monday to show support for other demonstrators in North Dakota. (KPTV) Despite the Army Corps of Engineers denying the final permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline over the weekend, protesters still gathered in Holladay Park Monday to show support for other demonstrators in North Dakota. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -

Dozens of people met at Holladay Park Monday afternoon to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project.

Protesters believe the pipeline threatens tribal drinking water and cultural sites and were relieved this weekend with the news that the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in the area.

“It is a victory, but then again we hear that DAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline, that they said they’re still going to drill.” protester Roberta Kirk said.

Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners could still prevail over the Crops in federal court. Kirk and some other opponents also fear President-elect Donald Trump could reverse the Corps decision.

Several protesters in Portland said they’ve been to Standing Rock to support the cause there and plan to come back if necessary.

"There are folks still there probably in the cold out there, and I'll do whatever I can,” Kirk said. “Wash dishes, bring supplies, clean up just be there as a support."

According to Energy Transfer Partners, delays in completing the pipeline will cost the company $1.4 billion a year in lost revenue. The company’s CEO said in November they believe that the current route is the only way to complete the project.

Leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have said that they are not opposed the idea of the pipeline, but won’t accept one that threatens water sources, environmentally sensitive areas or sacred sites.

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