3 men wanted in connection to DAPL protests

An indictment charging the men was unsealed Wednesday
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Federal officials in North Dakota are looking for the public's help to find three people who have been charged in connection to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers unsealed an indictment Wednesday that charges the men with civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal crime following an incident on Oct. 27, 2016, a news release says.

But the attorney says the whereabouts of Brennon Nastacio (also known as the "Bravo One"), Brandon Aaron Miller-Castillo and Dion Ortiz are unknown, and officials need help locating the fugitives.

A fourth man who was charged in the indictment – James White, also known as "Angry Bird" – was arrested Wednesday, while another co-defendant – Michael Mateo Markus – has already appeared in court on these charges, the release says. Court records show Markus is accused of setting fire to barricades during the protests in Morton County, North Dakota, WDAY reports.

These men were among the many people who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, with activists arguing it could threaten their drinking water and damage their sacred lands.

Demonstrators spent months last fall in the area (Cannon Ball, North Dakota), sometimes clashing violentlywith law enforcement as they protested the pipeline’s construction.

Energy Transfer Partners, which is the company building the pipeline, has said the pipeline is safe, and will replace the 500-plus rail cars and/or 250-plus trucks needed currently to transport the crude oil every day – which are less safe methods than transporting via pipeline.

Here’s one look at the figures, which show spills have been more common on the rails. But pipelines have generally lost more oil when they leak.

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