Protesters against the Dakota Pipeline are now dealing with harsh weather conditions as the area is hit with cold, snow and high winds.
As the encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, has grown over the past several weeks, the weather has taken a turn. For 24-hours, the camp has been hammered by a blizzard that has struck much of the central part of the state.
Winds whipped through the area at more than 30-miles-per-hour, shredding tents, and temperatures dropped to 15-below zero. These conditions froze much of the camp’s water supply.
Many pipeline protesters have decided to stay put at Standing Rock because they’re skeptical of the federal decision to explore other pipeline routes.
But if the weather gets worse, some could change their minds out of concern for their safety.