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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Pipe for the Sandpiper Pipeline is stored east of Stanley, N.D., along U.S. Highway 2 in anticipation of construction for the pipeline, which Enbridge officials hope will begin in the middle of 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

UPDATED: Enbridge Suspends Pursuit Of Sandpiper Pipeline Approval

SUPERIOR, Wis. — Enbridge announced late Thursday it plans to suspend the Sandpiper Pipeline, citing changes in market conditions and Minnesota regulatory delays that prompted customers to invest in a different pipeline. Enbridge Energy Partners will withdraw applications pending with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and shelve the Sandpiper until North Dakota oil production recovers…
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The Dakota Access Pipeline, pictured under construction on Friday, July 29, 2016, in northwest North Dakota, is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

UPDATED: Sandpiper Pipeline Future Unclear As Enbridge, Marathon Buy Into Dakota Access

Enbridge, which has been battling for approval of a Bakken crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, has announced it will invest in a different pipeline from North Dakota, leaving the future of its Sandpiper line unclear. Enbridge Energy Partners and Marathon Petroleum Corp. plan to acquire a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a…
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Minnesota prosecutors allege that Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., purchased a 17-acre island on Mink Lake near Maple Lake, Minn., using proceeds from a fraudulent investment scheme involving the Bakken oilfields.

Minnesota Man Accused Of Defrauding Bakken RV Park Investors

ST. PAUL – A Minnesota man is accused in federal court of stealing more than $2 million from victims hoping to invest in North Dakota oilfield housing and using the money to fund his own entertainment and lifestyle, including buying a 17-acre island. Ronald David Johnson, 50, Corcoran, Minn., is charged with five counts of wire…
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