Fact Check: “Water Protectors”

You’ve probably heard by now of the so-called “water protectors” who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline near the #NoDAPL construction site in North Dakota.

You’ve also probably heard that they are there in “peace.” They are not.

What you probably haven’t heard is that the water intake area the self-proclaimed “water protectors” are claiming to protect will be shut down by the end of this year.…

Fact Check: DC Clothesline

The protest surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline has generated a contentious back and forth between those for and against the $3.8 billion project. As this platform aims to champion, there have been numerous examples of misinformation taken at face-value.

One of the most recent and egregious examples can be found on the site D.C.…

Fact Check: Meaningful consultation

One of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s many claims is that, “permits for the project were approved and construction began without meaningful consultation.”

However, according to court documents, the allegation simply doesn’t stand up. As the US Army Corps. of Engineers has repeatedly stated…

“The Corps engaged in a robust consultation process following Dakota Access’s transmission of its survey results.

Where is Federal Law Enforcement at SRST protests

Is the U.S. government an accomplice in North Dakota protests?

It reads like a provocative headline, but is it?  When peaceful protests turn violent like they have in North Dakota, where is the U.S. government to end violence and resume the peace?

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced that he has activated the North Dakota National Guard with the hopes of quelling the recent spate of violent protests near Dakota Access construction sites.…

MAIN coalition spox Craig Stevens issued the following statement on the North Dakota National Guard’s activation

Earlier today, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said that he would activate members of North Dakota’s National Guard to the site of recent protests near Cannonball. The MAIN Coalition supports this decision.

Below is a statement from Craig Stevens, spokesman for the MAIN Coalition:

Due to the emotionally charged and escalating atmosphere surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, we agree with Governor Dalrymple’s decision to activate the National Guard to help maintain a peaceful environment. 

Dakota Access’ Response to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order

The following excerpts are taken from Dakota Access’ testimony regarding the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for a temporary restraining order.

The full document can be found here.

 The area of construction is all on private land as to which there is no federal jurisdiction…Plaintiffs cite no authority because there is no authority that allows them to assert a claim over these private lands or to prevent their use or development.

Checking the facts once again

1.CLAIM: The pipeline encroaches on indigenous lands.

TRUTH: The Dakota Access Pipeline traverses a path on private property and does not cross into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation. 100% of landowners in North Dakota voluntarily signed easements to allow for construction of the pipeline on their property.  Nearly the entire route of the 1,172 mile pipeline has been sited and approved by relevant state and federal agencies and more than 22% of the pipeline has already been completed.…

Fact Check: The Lead with Jake Tapper

As the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) continues to wage their illegal protest of the Dakota Access pipeline, the media continues to mishandle, or simply ignore, the facts. The most recent example: CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.

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The piece, featuring an interview with SRST Chairman David Archambault, exemplifies the inaccurate coverage the protest and the Dakota Access project has received.…

MAIN coalition spokesperson Craig Stevens issued the following statement on Judge Boasberg’s decision

As activity has continued to ramp up on media reporting of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the MAIN coalition is also ramping up its media and public outreach. To that end, I will be providing context and comment on behalf of the coalition moving forward.

 As you know, the Dakota Access pipeline has been federally permitted and, already, more than 200 miles have been completed.

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