Despite extreme weather conditions the protest camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota still has an estimated 2000 people who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. This photograph taken Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 shows part of the encampment that has endured a prairie blizzard and subzero temperatures in the past week. People at the camp are asking that no new people come to visit or stay due to conditions but those presently there plan to keep a presence at the remote site. /The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

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Police cars block access to the site where a hot air balloon crashed early Saturday, July 30, 2016, near Lockhart, Texas.  At least 16 people were on board the balloon, which Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said caught fire before crashing into a pasture shortly after 7:40 a.m. Saturday near Lockhart. No one appeared to survive the crash, authorities said. (AP Photo/James Vertuno)

Agency: Drug use should have grounded pilot in balloon wreck

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