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.

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.…

Washington Times Editorial Calls for the Dakota Access’ Completion

The Washington Times followed numerous other media outlets in criticizing the Obama Administration’s handling of the Dakota Access pipeline. Their editorial blasts the clearly political move and calls for the project’s completion.

Below represents noteworthy critiques worth emphasizing:

“The rule of law matters, and enabling a few radicals, or even a few thousand, to overrule the will of the American people would be a tyranny of the minority.”

“Pipelines are a 21st century fact of life.

Former Governor Jack Dalrymple Respects the Facts, Incoming Governor Doug Burgum Should Do the Same

On his final full day in office, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple penned an op-ed in the Billings Gazette entitled “Setting Record Straight on Dakota Access Pipeline.” Dalrymple highlights key project facts, condemns the #NoDAPL movement for terrorizing his state, and thanks law enforcement for their honorable service.

MAIN hopes that incoming Governor Doug Burgum will not only continue Dalrymple’s legacy of honoring the rule of law and fact, but also advocate as vocally for the completion of the Dakota Access project.…

Donna Brazile Pens Shamelessly Inaccurate Piece on Dakota Access

Yet another public figure has opined on the Dakota Access pipeline without using the facts. Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, issued her support for the Standing Rock Sioux while making a handful of inaccurate claims in a recent Medium post.

The following represents just a handful of her inaccuracies:

“The pipeline clearly never underwent an appropriate review in consultation with nearby residents and the tribal leaders.”

It is beyond comprehension how this claim is still made by Dakota Access opponents.…

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