A reroute of the protested ND oil pipeline is being considered, Obama says

The president said they'll "let it play out" for a bit longer.
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Federal officials are looking at ways to change the route of a proposed North Dakota oil pipeline that's led to fierce protests on Standing Rock Sioux territory.

That's according to President Barack Obama, who in an exclusive interview with NowThis said the Army Corps of Engineers is "examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline."

Obama also said he thinks there's a way to "accommodate scared lands of Native Americans," adding the White House will "let it play out" for at least a few more weeks. Here's the interview:

EXCLUSIVE: President Obama says they're examining ways to 'rer...EXCLUSIVE: President Obama says they're examining ways to 'reroute' the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by NowThis on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Obama was also asked about the tactics of law enforcement.

More than 200 people were arrested at the site near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, over the past couple weeks, with clashes at times turning violent.

Demonstrators have been hit with rubber bullets and tear gas, deployed by heavily-equipped officers. Protesters have thrown molotov cocktails, rocks and other debris at officers – one was recently charged with attempted murder.

The president said there's "an obligation for protesters to be peaceful, and there's an obligation for authorities to show restraint," and that he wants to ensure "both sides" aren't doing things that will result in people getting hurt.

The Dakota Access Pipeline would carry oil nearly 1,200 miles from the Bakken region of North Dakota down to Illinois. Its current route runs within a mile of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball. The tribe argues the pipeline threatens its water supply and the construction is violating sacred sites. They’ve been joined by supporters from around the country.

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