Hundreds of protesters camped in on the snowy plains near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, could face eviction on Monday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued notice to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and activists who have been entrenched in a standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline project for five months.

Construction on the 1172-mile pipeline is 92% complete. The pipeline is designed to transport nearly half a million barrels of crude oil a day, from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing through South Dakota and Iowa.

The pipeline’s owner, Energy Transfer Partners, first received construction permits in July. But a quarter-mile area near Cannon Ball and the Standing Rock Sioux reservation quickly came under dispute. Tribal council members argued that a portion of the pipeline running under the Missouri River could endanger not only their main source of water but also crosses treaty lands.

The protesters, Dakota Access Pipeline and North Dakota government officials have been urging the federal government to issue a final decision, which may not come until after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office. North Dakota’s Congressman-at-Large, Kevin Cramer, is working to find a solution between the opposing sides. He sits down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the struggle to complete this project along with reactions to the increasing violence between law enforcement and protesters. Cramer is also under consideration for a position in Trump’s administration as Secretary of Energy.

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