American frackers keep scaring OPEC. Its plan to flood the market with inexpensive oil with a view to ruining US frackers hasn't worked out at all.
Only a few dozen people remain at the anti-pipeline camp. After Donald Trump approved the Dakota Access Pipeline last month, activists are now pinning their last hopes to halt the project on a lawsuit.
Adding to the pressure from the US Army Corp of Engineers, which set a December 5 deadline for clearing the protest camp, the governor has issued an order for immediate evacuation. Protesters remain unfazed.
As a demonstrator at the construction site of a oil pipeline in North Dakota is charged with attempted murder, eyes shift to wider issues of corporate influence in an increasingly belligerent and iconic struggle.
Particularly risky fracking is now banned until at least 2021, and "conventional" fracking will be governed by much tighter rules. For environmentalists, the laws do not go far enough: They want a complete ban.
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