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Local Doctor Helps at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

By Amber Smith | asmith@kq2.com

Published 11/30 2016 07:33PM

Updated 11/30 2016 07:33PM

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Dr. Jesse Lopez just returned from his third trip to North Dakota to provide medical help for Dakota Access Pipeline protestors. 

Lopez said the Platte County pipeline explosion Tuesday evening shows these kinds of accidents do happen with pipelines. 

“As you can see from the explosion that occurred up north of here, it is a real danger,” Lopez said.

He said the proposed pipeline would run under the Missouri River, so he is concerned it would contaminate the water if the line ruptured.  Lopez said contamination of the river would affect the water supply in St. Joseph and Kansas City.

KQ2 will have more on Lopez’s time volunteering as a physician at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests on KQ2 News Thursday.

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