Dakota Access oil could flow by March 6

With the political obstructions cleared by the Trump Administration and the #NoDAPL protest winding down, the construction of the pipeline under the lake has moved forward and is nearing completion. There are court proceedings still taking place, but a status report filed by Dakota Access indicates oil could be flowing as early as March 6.

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Dakota Access Protester Trial Results in Guilty Verdict

The legal process is beginning to catch up with those involved in the protest activities related to the Dakota Access Pipeline. A jury in Morton County found eight of the early arrestees guilty of disorderly conduct. Special Prosecutor Ladd Erickson has suggested he will seek steeper penalties for those facing more violent charges.

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Protest Camp Clean Up Underway

After months of occupation, the protest camps that have been home to as many as thousands of anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters are finally being cleaned up. Protesters remain, but the Standing Rock Tribe hopes to have the camps completely cleaned prior to spring flood waters which are anticipated.

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Congressman Cramer on the Dakota Access Easement Ruling

Congressman Cramer weighs in with an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. He lays out the facts of the issue and lays the lawless outcome directly on the shoulders of President Obama.

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Blocking Supplies To Pipeline Protesters Would Be ‘Huge Mistake,’ N.D. Governor Says

There are no plans to forcibly remove protesters; there are no plans to block supplies into the camps. And it is unclear what — if anything — will change after the Corp imposed December 5 deadline passes. Get the story from NPR News.

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Whatever Else Comes From the #NoDAPL Protests, Let’s Get North Dakota Cops Some Body Cameras

Rob Port at Say Anything Blog offers up two important conversation points in this article, one of them unintentionally. First, the protest actions have exposed the need for police to be using body cameras, so we should figure out how to get that done. And second — and though not explicitly stated — it’s time

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#NoDAPL: Governor orders evacuation of protest site, but no forcible removals planned

William Yardley of the L.A. Times gets the story right, and his editor got the headline right too. Not all national media and journalism is biased and this is a great example. Read the full article for yesterday’s developments in the #NoDAPL fiasco by following the ‘source’ link above.

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While One Tribe Fights Oil, Another Cautiously Embraces It

While one tribe fights relentlessly against the pipline, another stands to gain tremendously from it and the quick path to market for the oil produced there. The MHA Nation finds itself in a unique position in the debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline; Amy Sisk with Inside Energy has the story.

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ELCA and Western North Dakota Synod Weigh in on #NoDAPL Protest

At its core, most simple level, the #NoDAPL protest is about a pipeline. But one of the reasons it has garnered so much support — especially nationally — is because the situation is viewed as an opportunity to right past wrongs, or at least an opportunity to learn from those past wrongs and do better

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Life in #NoDAPL Camp: Tensions exist among protesters with different agendas

The first in today’s news feed stories about life in the #NoDAPL protest camps. Rob Port with Say Anything Blog provides some perspective on tensions among protesters with genuine motives for the Tribe and those that have picked up the effort as their cause of the day. Mr. Port’s description of the situation is considerably

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How The Dakota Pipeline Fight Is Digging in For a Brutal Winter

Whatever your thoughts on the protest taking place over the Dakota Access pipeline, the reality is a large number of protesters have stated they’re going to tough it out through the North Dakota winter. And it has officially arrived. The past few weeks, many members of the camps were busy with fortifying themselves and the

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Daily Update: The Latest #NoDAPL Coverage from around the state

The Dakota Access Pipeline protest continues to be the dominant story in North Dakota news. The situation is evolving on both sides of the concrete barrier blocking the backwater bridge. Here’s the latest coverage from our local media sources. Concrete Barriers Added at the Backwater Bridge | Bismarck Tribune Jessica Holdman has the story on

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Hoeven, Dalrymple, and Cramer Make Appeal to End DAPL Protest

Senator Hoeven, Governor Dalrymple, and Congressman Cramer have signed a letter delivered to President Obama regarding the #NoDAPL Protests. The full news release per Senator Hoeven’s office and letter follow below. — Official News Release — WASHINGTON – In a letter to President Barack Obama, Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple

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For Standing Rock Sioux, new water system may reduce oil leak risk

One of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s initial arguments against the Dakota Access Pipeline was its proximity to the reservations water intake structure, but as of the new year, water for the reservation communities will be pulled from a new location more than 70 miles downstream of the pipeline. Ernest Scheyder with Reuters has the

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Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site

Protest activities over the past few weeks have drawn very specific allegations regarding law enforcement activity on what protestors allege is a tribal burial ground. Bismarck Tribune reporter Caroline Grueskin digs in deep to get a full perspective. This is a great example of the fact that journalism is alive and well in North Dakota.

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Charges from north camp raid pose difficulties for legal defense

When law enforcement cleared an illegal protest camp last month, they arrested 139 individuals on charges of conspiracy to endanger by fire or explosion and two misdemeanor charges. Now, the decision has been made to advance that case as a single complaint, making all arrestees co-defendants and co-conspirators. And the implications of that decision are

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