Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp Cleaned Up To Avoid An ‘Environmental Disaster’

Michael Bastasch | Daily Caller
January 31, 2017

After months of protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, activists left so much waste at their camp state, officials have ordered it be cleaned up to prevent an “environmental disaster.”

Dump trucks and work crews moved into the campsite Monday to clean up the abandoned cars, structures, trash and waste left by thousands of protesters who converged on the region to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline over concerns it would contaminate drinking water relied upon by American Indians.…

North Dakota Wants Hired Pipeline Protesters to Pay State Income Taxes

Valerie Richardson | Washington Times
January 30, 2017

After spending more than $22 million on the Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota wants to make sure any paid activists remember to submit their state income taxes.

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office is keeping an eye out for tax forms from environmental groups that may have hired protesters to agitate against the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline project.…

Senator Calls For Federal Support As Protesters Threaten Violence

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Thursday that she has asked the Trump administration to provide necessary federal funds and resources to support local law enforcement dealing with ongoing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In a Jan. 25 letter, Heitkamp held the federal government for the continued chaos and noted the enormous burden that that has been placed on law enforcement to ensure the safety of local communities.…

Army Corps Memo Shows DAPL Should Have Been Approved in December

Erin Mundahl | InsideSources
January 27, 2017

With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump ordered federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, to “review and approve in an expedited manner” requests for approval to finish construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This likely signaled an end to months of protesting.…

Photos Show Violent, Unlawful DAPL Protesters

New photos the front lines disprove any notion that protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are “peaceful and prayerful.”  On a daily basis, professional agitators continue to engage in violent, unlawful behavior, endangering the lives of others and themselves.

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Masked protester wearing body armor advances toward police.


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Protesters form a line on Backwater Bridge.…

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.

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.…

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.…