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More protesters arrested at Standing Rock, as drilling equipment moves into place

The pipeline company said this week it's moving drilling equipment to Lake Oahe.
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Protesters on Nov. 2, 2016.

Protesters on Nov. 2, 2016.

People are still protesting in Standing Rock, and law enforcement officers are still making arrests. Meanwhile, the company trying to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline is preparing to finish the job.

Energy Transfer Partners said earlier this week it is moving drilling equipment to Lake Oahe, with plans to start tunneling underneath the federally-owned lake as soon as it gets the proper permission (referred to in this case as an "easement").

The section that's supposed to go underneath the lake is the last part of the pipeline that needs to be made. It'll connect the two sides of the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline, so it can carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

Demonstrators meanwhile are still in the Cannon Ball area, pushing back.

The Morton County Sheriff's Department said it arrested 33 people Friday, and said demonstrators damaged construction equipment and slashed the tires of a squad. One person even tried to attack an officer with a stake, the department said.

So what's going on with the construction?

There's been a lot of start-stop with the work, but here's where we are as of this week.

The Army Corps this week, for the second time, asked Energy Transfer to stop doing anything around Lake Oahe for 30 days, to help de-escalate tensions. But as the Bismarck Tribune reported, the company is still moving drilling equipment toward the site – even though it doesn't have those easements.

The Army Corps said it's "concerned" about the company's response to the 30-day request, which it hoped would "diffuse tensions" between protesters and police until there was a "clear path forward."

Speaking of a path forward: The Department of Justice apparently said in federal court it'll be announcing next steps in the process, according to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

And Reuters reports a decision from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on whether to allow the pipeline to be constructed near sacred land on the Standing Rock reservation, could come in the new few days.

Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer, told CBS News he's expecting the pipeline to go forward under President Donald Trump – saying he's "100 percent confident."

The story also notes Trump has invested in Energy Transfer (which ABC News and others wrote about back in October), and that Warren gave $103,000 to Trump's campaign.

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