Activists Emily Johnston, left, and Annette Klapstein attempt to cut chains after trespassing into a valve station for pipelines carrying crude from Canadian oils sands into the U.S. markets near Clearbrook, Minn., in this image released on Oct. 11, 2016. Courtesy Climate Direct Action

Pipeline Activists Charged With Felonies

BAGLEY, Minn. – Two activists who tampered with Enbridge pipeline valves in solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline opponents have been charged with felonies in Minnesota’s Clearwater County. Emily Johnston, 50, Seattle, and Annette Marie Klapstein, 64, Bainbridge Island, Wash., were each charged Wednesday, Oct. 12, with two felony counts related to criminal damage to property…
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Two people from Climate Direct Action, an activist group targeting pipelines delivering tar sands oil from Alberta into the U.S., were arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, for tampering with this Enbridge valve station near Leonard, Minn. Forum News Service photo

Activists Target Five Pipelines In Solidarity With Dakota Access Opponents

CLEARBROOK, Minn. — Activists who tampered Tuesday, Oct. 11, with five oil pipelines that carry Canadian crude into the United States said they’re standing in solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline opponents and calling on President Obama to prevent a “climate catastrophe.” The activists from Climate Direct Action said they were targeting pipelines that deliver tar…
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This rendering shows a new airport for Williston, N.D., scheduled to be complete in the third quarter of 2019. Courtesy of KLJ

Williston Breaks Ground On New $240 Million Airport

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston leaders said they’re building for the future as they broke ground Monday on a new regional airport. Construction will begin this week on the $240 million Williston Basin International Airport, projected to be complete by the third quarter of 2019, said Airport Director Steven Kjergaard. “This is going to be an…
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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

Tribe Disputes State Archaeologist’s Report

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe disputes the conclusions of state archaeologists who found that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline did not destroy sacred sites, after the company refused to allow tribal participation in the survey. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department made several efforts to encourage the company to involve tribal…
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Oilfield Waste Facility Must Close, Clean Up Site

KILLDEER, N.D. – An oilfield waste treating plant north of Killdeer with a history of not complying with state rules must close after state regulators denied the facility a permit this week. Renewable Resources also will be required to properly dispose of a stockpile of oilfield waste that was recently estimated to be nearly four…
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