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Chris Van Hollen

Chris Van Hollen calls for deescalation of Dakota Access Pipeline dispute

Chris Van Hollen calls for deescalation of Dakota Access Pipeline dispute

Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen on Monday called on the Army Corps of Engineers to "deescalate" the standoff over a pipeline in North Dakota that has been the subject of months of demonstrations and reverse its decision to evict protesters.

Opponents of the pipeline are concerned about the potential effects on drinking water on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and farther downstream on the Missouri River, as well as destruction of cultural artifacts, including burial sites.

"The tribe was not adequately consulted about the route for the pipeline, which they believe will threaten their water supply and destroy sacred Native American cultural land and burial...

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