Image courtesy of the U.S. National Guard.

The governor of North Dakota activated National Guard troops on Thursday to help manage security at the Dakota Access Pipeline ahead of court ruling on the project.

According to Reuters, North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple activated 100 National Guard troops to help with security at traffic checkpoints and help local law enforcement if protests turn violent.

A National Guard spokesperson told Reuters that the Guard troops will not be posted at the protest site.

The order was made just one day ahead of a court ruling on a lawsuit that seeks to halt construction of the $3.7 billion pipeline.

The lawsuit was filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier this year and alleges that the Army Corps violated environmental and historic preservation laws when it approved the project.

District Court Judge James Boasberg ordered a partial temporary injunction earlier this week that halted construction work on some of the pipeline.

Boasberg is expected to rule on the lawsuit on September 9.

Dozens of protesters have been arrested during demonstrations against the pipeline as they attempted to block construction.

Earlier this week, a North Dakota county issued a warrant for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka.

Stein and Baraka were both charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief in Morton County.

An image posted to social media shows Stein spray painting a bulldozer during a protest  on Tuesday near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation.

According to NBC News,, Stein spray painted “I approve this message” on a bulldozer while Baraka wrote “decolonization” on another piece of equipment.

The Dakota Access Project will stretch 1,172 miles and will connect Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.

The 470,000 barrel per day pipeline is currently expected to be online later this year.


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