More industry groups call on President to live up to State of the Union promise

In the 2015 State of the Union, President Obama said America needs, “21st century infrastructure ‐‐ modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this.” Now, almost two years later, 18 organizations representing companies and workers who have made their living building American energy infrastructure are calling on the President to keep his word and not risk American energy infrastructure like the Dakota Access Pipeline.…

Statement from MAIN Coalition on Today’s Court Hearing

Today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard both sides of the ongoing debate surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Upon the hearing’s conclusion, MAIN Coalition spokesman Craig Stevens issued the following statement:

“We’re not going to attempt to divine the outcome of today’s hearing, however as Judge Boasberg articulated in his thoughtful and thorough opinion on September 9, the Army Corps of Engineers followed the proper regulatory process in consulting with 55 Native American tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux, 389 times.  

Law enforcement officials condemn Dakota Access protest

According to Say Anything’s Rob Port and Poltico’s Elana Schor, local law enforcement officials are growing increasingly concerned with the violence they have seen at the protest sites, but more importantly, the lack of attention it is gaining with federal officials.

In a letter addressed to Department of Justice, Interior Department, and Army Corps of Engineers, Mercer County Sheriff Dean Danzeisen cautioned the three agencies “should share responsibility if anyone is hurt” from the protesting.…

Official memo from State Historical Society of North Dakota, still no cultural material found

As Standing Rock Fact Checker has previously discussed, Paul Picha, chief archeologist of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, released the official report on the Dakota Access cultural surveys. The final memo includes images and maps that reinforce their original position—no cultural material was found in the 1.36 mile stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline in question.…

Morton County Sherriff’s Office clears up inaccuracies surrounding tear gas rumors

Last week, members of the ongoing Dakota Access pipeline protest claimed that pipeline security officials employed the use of tear gas via an airplane to disperse the increasingly hostile crowd of protestors. This is simply not the case.

In a press release from the Morton County Sherriff’s department, the claim was easily debunked as the airplane in question was simply a crop dusting plane alerting a nearby helicopter to its location.…

Five Labor associations call for Dakota Access’ continuation

Five labor unions called on President Obama to allow for construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue.  In a letter released this morning, the unions said the action by the Departments of Justice, Interior, and the U.S. Army. will impact their members directly.  The letter noted:

Our members make careers out of jobs created by projects like Dakota Access, and our jobs depend on the investments of conscientious employers.

Native American tribes received more than $1 billion in federal energy royalties in 2014

Standing Rock and other Native American tribes will be future beneficiaries of energy infrastructure like the Dakota Access Pipeline coming online.  Pipelines offer the safest and most cost effective means to safely carry crude oil produced in the Bakken to consumers.  The existence of pipeline infrastructure encourages safe and environmentally responsible energy production on private, tribal and public land alike.…