Native American "water protectors" and their allies celebrate that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied an easement for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as demonstrations continue against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Feds Won’t Grant Permission To Finish Controversial Pipeline

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…
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Renè Heredia Nieves, environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health, uses a FLIR camera to inspect a well site north of Killdeer, N.D., on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Department of Health

EPA Orders $2.1 Million Fine In ND Air Pollution Settlement

NEW TOWN, N.D. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a $2.1 million fine for air pollution at oil and gas wells primarily on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. But the settlement against Slawson Exploration Co. announced Thursday, Dec. 1, stems from just one of many enforcement actions underway against North Dakota operators…
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Signs left by protesters demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline sit at the gate of a construction access road near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D.  REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Audio ‘Demonstrates Our Willingness To Work’ With Tribe, Dakota Access Says

A Dakota Access spokeswoman said Thursday, Dec. 1, that audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of a September 2014 meeting shows the pipeline company wanted to work with the tribe. “I think the recording demonstrates our willingness to work with them,” said Vicki Anderson Granado, spokeswoman for Dakota Access parent company Energy Transfer…
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A pickup is parked on the hill near where stone cairns and other artifacts were discovered on the Dakota Access Pipeline route on Oct. 17, 2016, in southern Morton County, N.D. Courtesy of North Dakota Public Service Commission

Dakota Access Fighting Fine From ND Regulators

BISMARCK – Dakota Access LLC is fighting a $15,000 proposed fine from the North Dakota Public Service Commission, arguing the company’s delay in notifying regulators about artifacts found in the pipeline route was not a “willful violation.” Attorneys for the pipeline company have filed a motion to dismiss a complaint by the Public Service Commission…
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Oceti Sakowin camp on the north side of the Cannonball River, pictured here on Nov. 25, 2016, has grown to an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 people.  Photo by Kevin Cederstrom / Forum News Service

Audio: Tribe Objected To Pipeline Nearly Two Years Before Lawsuit; Recording Contradicts CEO

STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION – Audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from a September 2014 meeting with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives contradicts recent claims made by a pipeline company executive. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, told the Wall Street Journal the pipeline route that…
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