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Dakota Access Pipeline: Activists celebrate halting of Dakota pipeline

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A vigil was held in San Diego Monday to celebrate a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rejecting the Dakota Access Pipeline permit.

About 100 San Diegans rallied outside the Army Corps of Engineers calling for support, prayer and vigilance for the thousands camped outside the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Olympia Beltran, a student nurse, returned from Standing Rock where she helped with medical needs.

"It was so healing and so beautiful to see nations come together. We have received messages from the elders and from the organizers at Standing Rock to remain focused and to remain prayerful," she said.

The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline is slamming the Obama administration after the U.S. Army's decision not to grant an easement for the project.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners released a statement Sunday night calling the decision, "just the latest in a series of overt and transparent political actions by an administration which has abandoned the rule of law in favor of currying favor with a narrow and extreme political constituency."

The company reiterated its plan to complete construction of the pipeline without rerouting around Lake Oahe.

The decision to refuse the easement is a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

Last Friday, hundreds of local veterans traveled to North Dakota to be on the front lines and show their support for demonstrators.

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