In this week's news, demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue in North Dakota and Iowa; and the U.S. rig count went up by 5 last week

A group called the Native American Coalition spent the afternoon of Sept. 25 standing in solidarity against the Bakken oil pipeline in Davenport, Iowa.

The group says it’s not only concerned about the environmental issues from the crude oil pumping underground through the state, but also that the pipeline could go through parts of the Native American territory.

Participants say the event was a peaceful demonstration, not a protest.

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Rig Count Increases by 5

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five last week to 511, according to data released Sept. 23 by oilfield services company Baker Hughes.

The Houston-based company says that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 838 rigs were active.

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Among major oil and gas producing states, Texas and Oklahoma each gained two rigs and Alaska, California, North Dakota and Pennsylvania each went up one. Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia each declined by one rig.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Ohio, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

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