Opponents of a controversial oil pipeline through North Dakota celebrate after the U.S. Army refuses permission to run it under Lake Oahe. Paul Chapman reports.
Celebrations among protesters fighting to stop an oil pipeline running through North Dakota. The U.S. Army's refused permission for the final segment of the giant pipeline to pass under Lake Oahe. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ADAN BEARCUB, NATIVE AMERICAN AND MILITARY VETERAN, SAYING: "We came in yesterday expecting the worst but this is the best news that I've heard ever." (SOUNDBITE)(English) RORY ERLER WAKEMUP, PROTESTER, SAYING: "We have to band together and keep these tar sands in the ground and live sustainably." (SOUNDBITE)(English) CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER, PROTESTER, SAYING: "It's great, you know, we'll remain here, we'll stay vigilant until everything is guaranteed but we're in celebration today, that's for sure." The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and climate protesters have argued for months that the pipeline could contaminate water supplies and would cross sacred tribal lands. More than 500 of the campaigners have been arrested during that time. They're celebrating now but the victory may be short-lived. President-elect Donald Trump says he supports the pipeline and policy experts believe he could reverse the decision if he wishes.