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ND Oil Pipeline Shut Down After ‘Significant’ Spill In Creek

BELFIELD, N.D. – A pipeline leak caused a significant oil spill in a tributary of the Little Missouri River this week, but the volume of oil released was still unknown Tuesday, Dec. 6, as a winter storm affected response efforts. The incident was discovered by a landowner, raising questions about whether the oil pipeline in…
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A man stands near Highway 1806 just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Dakota Access ‘Fully Committed’ To Completing Pipeline Using Current Route, Files New Motion In Court

BISMARCK — Developers of the Dakota Access Pipeline say they are “fully committed” to completing the project without rerouting the pipeline and filed a motion in federal court Monday, Dec. 5, seeking to expedite a federal judge’s decision. Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, requested Monday to make oral arguments at the…
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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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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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