Protesting woman arrested at Iowa Utilities Board building

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Jessica Reznicek photo from Polk County Jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman has been arrested after protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline at the Iowa Utilities Board building in Des Moines and demanding a meeting with the board’s chairwoman.

Jessica Reznicek was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 30, on a trespassing charge after refusing police orders to leave the building, the Des Moines Register reports.

Reznicek and other supporters entered the building around 9 a.m. Wednesday. They want the board to revoke construction permits for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Iowa. Reznicek and another man have been on a hunger strike outside the building.

The $3.8 billion pipeline is designed to carry oil 1,200 miles from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point at Patoka, Illinois. Protesters fear it will harm drinking water and cultural sites.