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DAPL Protest Arrests Top 600 Following Weekend Violence

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that the total number of arrests linked to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests has risen to 603 following an uptick in unlawful activity. Over the holiday weekend, law enforcement arrested 16 individuals on charges of “criminal trespass, engaging in a riot, possession of marijuana, fleeing, assault on a police officer and preventing arrest.”

On Monday, upwards of 200 protesters marched across the frozen Cannonball River in an attempt to illegally trespass onto private property.…

MAIN Coalition Statement on Notice of EIS for the Dakota Access Pipeline

MAIN Coalition spokesman Craig Stevens issued the following statement following news that the Obama administration has sent the Federal Register a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline:

“Despite the policies of the last few years being soundly rejected by the American people, the Obama Administration is using its final hours to allow detainees out of U.S.

Updated Numbers from Morton County Law Enforcement Show the Impact of the Illegal Dakota Access Protest

As Standing Rock Fact Checker has previously reported, the illegal Dakota Access pipeline protest by the numbers is simply staggering. With hundreds of out of state protestors costing North Dakota communities tens millions in taxes, the protests represents an embarrassment to the rule of law and a wildly ignorant tactic of opposing a fully approved infrastructure project.…

President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council Highlight Facts on Dakota Access

Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, penned an op-ed highlighting the key facts about North Dakota’s embattled energy project and the surrounding protests. According to Ness, the entire ‘debate’ has become one of “emotion and politics rather than reason, logic or science.”

Ness notes that he is consistently asked the same question about those unfamiliar with the project: “Why not make the pipeline extra thick?’ ‘Could the company monitor the pipeline regularly?’ ‘Maybe it should follow in the path of existing infrastructure off the reservation?” Ness, bluntly responds correctly, “It is’ or ‘it does.”

Additionally, Ness clears up any questions about the route.…

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Group Requests Details on “Backroom Dealings” Before DAPL Permit Decision

Erin Mundahl | InsideSources
January 12, 2017

Few members of the Standing Rock Sioux have as many ties to Washington, D.C. as Jodi Gillette, the sister of the tribe’s chairman, Dave Archambault II. When Gillette retired from her position in the Obama White House, Bismarck’s paper wrote that “Jodi Gillette probably has been more involved in the Obama administration than any other North Dakotan.” Now these ties are the subject of a Freedom of Information Act request seeking to see if she used her ties to the administration to influence decisions about the Dakota Access Pipeline.…

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