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Statement by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Regarding the Army’s Decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today released the following statement regarding the decision by the Department of the Army in the Dakota Access Pipeline matter:

“In light of today's decision by the Department of the Army regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Department of Justice will continue to monitor the situation in North Dakota in the days ahead and we stand ready to provide resources to help all those who can play a constructive role in easing tensions.

“The department remains committed to supporting local law enforcement, defending protestors’ constitutional right to free speech and fostering thoughtful dialogue on the matter.  We recognize the strong feelings that exist in connection with this issue, but it is imperative that all parties express their views peacefully and join us in support of a deliberate and reasonable process for de-escalation and healing. 

“The safety of everyone in the area – law enforcement officers, residents and protesters alike – continues to be our foremost concern.”

Updated December 4, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-1420