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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the Dakota Access Pipeline route have posed threats to life, physical safety and the environment, Dakota Access LLC said in court records filed late Monday, March 20. The company filed a sealed motion late Monday to keep most its latest construction status report confidential, citing the recent attacks. The document, which is mostly redacted, did not specify where or when the attacks have occurred. “These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations,” Dakota Access attorneys wrote.
A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled against native tribes seeking to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from moving forward on the basis that it would prevent them from practicing religious ceremonies, as legal options for opponents of the project narrow.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. -- Officers in riot gear and military vehicles arrested 46 people Thursday, Feb. 23, in a sweep of the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp to make way for cleanup crews. Law enforcement officials appeared relieved after the camp was officially cleared after 2 p.m., ending a monthslong occupation of the U.S.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers advanced four bills Monday, Feb. 6, aimed to give law enforcement more tools for responding to Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The package of bills, which some opponents criticized as "knee-jerk legislation," would double the penalties for some riot offenses and create a new felony offense for individuals who cause economic harm while committing a misdemeanor. The legislation, which still needs to be considered by the state Senate, also would make it a misdemeanor to wear a mask while committing a crime.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed two orders on Tuesday to move forward with construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, rolling back key Obama administration environmental policies in favor of expanding energy infrastructure. In a statement, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it will take legal action to fight the administration order on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
DALLAS — The companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline said they remain committed to completing the project and expect to do so without rerouting the pipeline despite a decision from the federal government that denies the Lake Oahe easement. "This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office," Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners said in a statement late Sunday, Dec. 4.
WASHINGTON — A long-awaited decision issued Sunday, Dec. 4, denies an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, but it does not mean an end for the controversial Bakken oil pipeline. The Department of the Army said it would not approve an easement to allow the 1,172-mile pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where protests have escalated in recent months.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council in the coming days to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and begin rebuilding state and tribal relations. "In my opinion, we need to begin now to talk about how we are going to eventually arrive at a peaceful resolution of the situation and restore the relationship between North Dakota and the Standing Rock people," Dalrymple said during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 30.
BISMARCK — Vehicles delivering supplies to the Dakota Access Protest camp could be subject to a $1,000 fine per the governor's emergency evacuation order, a state official said Tuesday. Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the Department of Emergency Services, said law enforcement can stop vehicles in the area of the protest camp in southern Morton County and issue a $1,000 fine if the motorists are delivering supplies to the area under the evacuation order.
BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dalrymple has ordered an emergency evacuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, citing safety concerns due to harsh winter weather. Dalrymple's order signed Monday, Nov. 28, states that people camping in areas near the Cannonball River are ordered to leave immediately and take their possessions with them. The order comes three days after the Corps told the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe it would close the Corps-managed land north of the Cannonball River on Dec. 5.