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.…

Fact Check: House Dem Letter on DAPL

Even as rhetoric and emotions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline swell, we have worked to ensure all  responses have been fact-based and straightforward.

Having said that, you may have wondered why the SRFC and MAIN Coalition didn’t have an immediate response to the Congressional letter sent to President Obama yesterday. Honestly, it was because it was so riddled with errors and misinformation that we wanted to make certain our facts were right.…

Fact Checking Claims of Federal Violations: Dakota Access Followed the Rule of Law

As the legal battle surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline takes center stage, protestors are lobbing a variety of federal violation allegations against the Pipeline.  But as Standing Rock Fact Checker has pointed out in the past – those claims are simply false.  The Pipeline followed a 2+ year approval and permitting process at the federal and state levels.…

MAIN Coalition Statement on the Moore Amendment

“It appears from our initial reading that Congresswoman Moore’s amendment deals with reviewing the regulatory process only, and should have no impact – whatsoever – on the Dakota Access Pipeline or any other currently sited or approved infrastructure project.  Should the Congress and Administration move forward with updating regulations, they must recognize a split in time that honors the regulatory processes in place when a project was reviewed and approved; and utilize any updated requirements on projects to come in the future, after the new regulations are formally in place.”