Daily Caller Exclusive: Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to meet with National Sheriff’s Association on Dakota Access Pipeline

According to a Daily Caller exclusive, Attorney General Loretta Lynch refused to meet with National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Executive Director Jonathan Thompson to discuss the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline protest and the logistical challenges facing local security forces.

According to the exclusive, Thompson told NSA personnel that DOJ refused to deploy federal resources in support of local Morton County, North Dakota Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier in an effort to fend off what the NSA and local officials called, “unlawful protests, threats of community intimidation and interfering with lawful commerce.”

The source confirmed that “the DOJ told the US attorney to stand down on help.”

This comes as no surprise, as Standing Rock Fact Checker has previously highlighted the federal government’s unprecedented absence as the protest spirals out of control.…

Dangerous Weekend Activity Leads to Arrests of DAPL Protestors

This past weekend saw some of the largest targeted protest and direct action activity since the protest’s inception in August – including evidence that protestors flew a drone directly at a security helicopter.

127 protestors were arrested over Saturday and Sunday bringing the total arrests to a staggering 269. On Saturday near ND highway 1806, between 200 and 300 protestors gathered on private property to disrupt Dakota Access construction activity.…

North Dakota Lawmakers Call for a Resolution to Dakota Access Protest

This week, North Dakota’s Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer both issued statements calling for a lawful and speedy resolution to the ongoing dispute surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to Sen. Hoeven, what’s important is “getting the Corps to approve the easement so construction can be completed and life can return to normal for our farmers and ranchers in the region, and for our law enforcement who are working very hard to protect lives and property.”

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Robert Redford Blatantly Misleads Public on Dakota Access

Recently Robert Redford published a video calling for viewers to call the White House to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Along the way, he issues categorically false statements about the project and energy infrastructure in the region. The following represents some of his more egregious claims.

The Standing Rock Sioux are fighting to prevent a giant pipeline from being built that would cut through the Missouri River”

Fact: The Dakota Access Pipeline will be buried more than 90 feet below the river bed, significantly lowering the threat to the water source.…

Filmmakers Assaulted by Dakota Access Protestors

Yesterday, journalists Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda were assaulted by Dakota Access protestors while conducting interviews at the Sacred Stone Camp.

The two journalists were trapped inside their car for 30 minutes as protestors threatened to slash their tires, break into the car, and seize filming equipment. The altercation began when one protestor grabbed McAleer’s microphone mid-question and physically assaulting him.…

Vast Majority of #NoDAPL Arrested Protestors From Outside of North Dakota

As law enforcement officials and members of the media have noted, the vast majority of Dakota Access protestors are not actually from North Dakota. The National Sheriffs’ Association, the law enforcement organization tasked with controlling the ongoing protest, have Recently released update numbers.

According to the Say Anything Blog, there have been “143 total arrests of people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.…

Public Service Commission Members Reiterate, Process Was Followed on Dakota Access

In a recent news story, Energy & Environment Reporter Ellen Gilmer spoke to members of the North Dakota Public Service Commission on the Dakota Access Pipeline – and the ongoing protest being driven by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Gilmer notes that regulators from the North Dakota’s Public Service Commission were frankly surprised see such passionate opposition given their relative absence during the permitting and review process, reporting:

“I don’t think anyone thought it would turn into what we have now,” he said, referring to the thousands of tribal members and environmentalists who have cycled through the anti-pipeline camp south of here, plus the hundreds who have engaged in work site protests, sometimes with violent results.…

FACT CHECK: Examining Inaccuracies in Senators’ Letter to President Obama

Last week, elected officials sent another letter to President Obama asking him to halt Dakota Access by conducting an Environmental Impact Statement for the entire project route. The letter was penned by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and called the Dakota Access Pipeline “not unlike the Keystone XL pipeline.”

Unfortunately, the letter contained myths about the pipeline. …