Three Members of Veterans’ Pipeline Protest Group Arrested on Drug Allegations

Barry Amundson | Inforum

MANDAN, N.D.—The leader of a veterans’ group involved in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline and two other members of the organization have been cited for drug possession.

Matthew Crane, co-founder of the VeteransRespond group which has been at the protest camps, has been arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.…

Sally Jewell Grasps At Straws, Clings To Former Power

In a statement released on Twitter, former Secretary of the Interior for the Obama Administration Sally Jewell voiced her opinion on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to grant the final easement necessary to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.

To the masses of protesters that comprise the remnants of the Obama Administration echo chamber her statement was welcome – but for the rest of America, including those that voted for a change in our leadership and remain committed to the future of infrastructure, the economy, and the laws, it is just another attempt by an Obama political appointee to unduly influence the lawful regulatory process outside the purview of her responsibilities.…

Morton County Jury Finds 8 Pipeline Protesters Guilty

Caroline Grueskin | Bismarck Tribune

Protesters on trial at the Morton County Court House. | Photo: Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

A Morton County jury found eight pipeline protesters guilty of disorderly conduct in the second Dakota Access-related case to go to trial.

The defendants, who ranged in age 23 to 57 years old and hailed from Hawaii to North Dakota, were all among the first arrested in the months-long protests that began along N.D.…

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.…

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.…

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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