As Standing Rock Tribe Struggles to Defend Pipeline Opposition, Union Urges Streamlined Approval

Erin Mundahl | InsideSources

Representatives from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Laborers’ International Union met Wednesday in a congressional hearing on energy infrastructure development. Over the course of the two-hour hearing, the Standing Rock tribe struggled to defend its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Chad Harrison, a councilman for the Standing Rock tribe, presented the DAPL project as another instance of the U.S.…

Abandoned Vehicles Pose New Pollution Threat At DAPL Protest Site

Simon Lomax | Western Wire

Officials in North Dakota are racing against time to move hundreds of cars and trucks from the site of an anti-pipeline protest before seasonal flooding sweeps the vehicles into the Missouri River.

“There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks,” George Kuntz, vice president of the North Dakota Towing Association, told Western Wire.…

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.…

Anti-Pipeline Protesters Literally Trash the Environment

Officials in North Dakota are racing to prevent an “environmental tragedy” created by the massive amounts of garbage left behind by anti-pipeline protesters at camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation.

It’s been over a week since state and tribal sanitation crews began removing mountains of waste and debris left over from the month’s long protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline.…

Police Pepper Sprayed By Anti-Pipeline Rioters

More troubling news from Standing Rock over the weekend with reports that anti-pipeline protesters pepper sprayed law enforcement officers responding to a compliant from a tribal citizen. In a statement, the tribal officials said police were called after protesters began blocking access to an individual’s home:

“From information provided thus far, we understand that a tribal citizen of the Cannonball community called the police due to individuals blocking road access to the caller’s home.…

Protesters Falsely Accuse Police of Burning Camp with Photos from HBO Movie

A fake news article that began circulating on Facebook Thursday morning falsely accused law enforcement personnel of setting fire to tents at one of the anti-pipeline protest camps in North Dakota.

The story, which led with the headline,”Police Raid Standing Rock Camp, Dismantle Tipis and Are Burning What Remains,” cited a screenshot from the HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (a historical drama about Native Americans) as evidence.…

Standing Rock Protesters Have Lengthy Criminal Records

A new analysis by the National Sheriff’s Association shows that many of the professional protesters arrested in connection with anti-pipeline riots in North Dakota have had prior run ins with the law.

Those arrested have criminal records that include domestic violence, theft, driving while under the influence, and drug possession. The national law enforcement group further found that only 6 percent of the protesters that have been arrested are actually from North Dakota.…

Morton County Jury Finds 8 Pipeline Protesters Guilty

Caroline Grueskin | 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.…