Protestors Baselessly Accuse Dakota Access Officials and Law Enforcement of Starting 400 Acre Fire

Protestors have recently claimed that Dakota Access Pipeline officials and the Morton County Sheriff office have colluded to burn nearly 400 acres near the project’s construction corridor and the Sacred Stone Camp.  Democracy Now suggested in a piece this week that “protectors believe the fire was intentionally lit by people working for Dakota Access.”  However, no evidence exists to suggest that authorities from Dakota Access started the 400 acre fire.…

Dakota Access Protestor Charged With Attempted Murder After Firing at Law Enforcement

Toward the end of last week’s turbulent standoff between Morton County Sheriffs and Dakota Access protestors, 37-year-old Red Fawn Fallis pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and fired three times, narrowly missing a sheriff’s deputy.

Officers did not return fire but quickly apprehended Fallis.

According to Morton County Captain Bryan Niewind’s account, “It is unbelievable that a law enforcement officer was not shot.…

Claims About Facebook Check In Prove Inaccurate

Many people have been checking in on Facebook at the Sacred Stone Camp as many protestors are claiming that, “The Morton County Sherriff’s Department has been using Facebook check-ins to find out who is at Randing Stock in order to target them in attempts to disrupt the prayer camps. So, Water Protectors are calling on EVERYONE to check in at Standing Rock, ND to overwhelm and confuse them.”

This seemed strange, as the feature is primarily designed for public safety and rapid response in the wake of natural disasters—but the prevalence of fake news perpetrating Facebook is well known.…

Fact Checking Bill McKibben’s Times Inaccurate Opinion Piece

Anti-energy activist Bill McKibben penned an op-ed in the New York Times this weekend entitled, “Why Dakota is the New Keystone” that put forth widely debunked myths and inaccuracies about the Dakota Access pipeline. Below are some of the false claims McKibben makes in his piece:

The protest is not peaceful: “The Native Americans who have spent the last months in peaceful protest against an oil pipeline along the banks of the Missouri are standing up for tribal rights.”

The protest has not been peaceful whatsoever and it is blatantly irresponsible for any Dakota Access protestors to continue to perpetuate this claim.…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Leader Laments Out of Control Protest, Calls on Chairman Archambault to Tell Protestors to “go home

According to a CNN report and Say Anything coverage, Cannon Ball district chairman Robert Fool Bear Sr. has had enough of the ongoing Dakota Access protest and blames Chairman David Archambault for its escalation.

“If he had any balls, he’d tell [the protesters] to go home,” Fool Bear says.

From trespassing on his land to general lawlessness, Fool Bear says it’s time for protestors to leave and for Archambault to be the one to do it.…

Alternative Dakota Access Pipeline Route Would Cross More Tribally Owned Land and Bodies of Water

Dakota Access protestors have been highly critical of the pipeline’s proximity to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation – despite the reality that the project does not cross Reservation land at all. According to the Environmental Assessment (EA) conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the “Lake Oahe crossing will be installed via HDD beneath the river from private lands adjacent to Corps owned lands.”

“The Proposed Action and Connected Actions and associated cumulative effects where practicable have been co-located with existing utilities and across USACE easements and fee owned property.…

Statement from the MAIN Coalition

The following is a statement from the MAIN Coalition regarding latest developments in North Dakota yesterday:

“The people of North Dakota and the skilled laborers along the Dakota Access pipeline have the right to live and work in a safe and harassment-free environment and the members of the MAIN Coalition thank local law enforcement officers for their willingness to protect the public peace.  

Federal Government’s Absence and Indecision Only Creates Unrest and Illegality

As Standing Rock Fact Checker has noted before, the general lawlessness and unrest in North Dakota is primarily due to the large number of out of state protestors flocking to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since the protest began nearly 50 days ago, 246 individuals have been arrested as part of the protests – the vast majority, 223, from outside of North Dakota.…

Regarding the Escalating Situation at Standing Rock

It has been reported that the security officers who were on duty to secure and protect the Dakota Access Pipeline on September 3 were not properly licensed to provide security in North Dakota. The North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board, which regulates the private security industry, began the investigation after reports of encounters between protesters – who were illegally trespassing – and security personnel and their trained canines.…

Anti-Dakota Access Activists Perpetuating Falsities on Social Media – Including False Quote from ETP CEO

As the emotional Dakota Access protesters express their opposition on social media, inaccuracies, myths, falsities, and outright lies have spread. Recently over social media, opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline have targeted Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren.

In addition to threatening Warren and even posting his address online, users have been circulating a quote from Warren that is unequivocally false.…