Iowa Governor Denounces Pipeline Protestors

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad seems to have little patience left for the anti-pipeline protesters who have wreaked havoc in North Dakota for the past eight months.

Speaking with PJ Media while attending the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington, DC last week, Branstad said he felt bad for the people who have suffered as a result of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.…

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Standing Rock Protesters Leave Behind Enough Trash To Fill 480 Dumpsters

Anti-pipeline protesters left behind enough trash and debris at the former Oceti Sakowin Camp to fill upwards of 480 dumpsters according to government officials working to clean up the sensitive floodplain before it is submerged by the river this spring.

Contractors hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have already removed an estimated 240 truckloads of trash from the former encampment and estimate that additional 240 loads will be needed to clean up the remaining garbage.…

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ND Ag Department Releases List of Protest-Related Damages

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture released a memo Monday quantifying some of the costs that the months long protest has had on area farmers and ranchers.

According to the release, local ranchers have incurred individual losses of $15,000 to $20,000 while the state Ag Department has spent 900 hours responding to protest-related activities, including pest-infested firewood.…

Dakota Access Protesters Set Camp On Fire Ahead of Eviction, Release Greenhouse Gases – Further Damage Environment

Ahead of mandatory evacuation orders from the Governor of North Dakota yesterday, anti-Dakota Access protesters attempted one final act of destruction ahead of eviction: burning their own camp to the ground.

Protesters set several temporary structures aflame ahead of a 4 PM evacuation order which was enforced by police. The camp has been a ticking environmental time bomb for months – human waste and garbage have piled up without access to state or municipal services as thousands of protesters illegally occupied and built structures on public lands.…

Governor: State Will Investigate Protester’s GoFundMe Accounts

Speaking on a local radio station this morning, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said he foresees investigations and potential lawsuits concerning the millions of dollars anti-pipeline protesters have raised through online crowdfunding websites.

Asked by Scott Hennen if authorities plan to look into the questionable online funding, Burgum said, “I think there should be and I think there will be.”

Burgum expressed concern that radical groups like Earthjustice or Honor the Earth were using crowdfunding websites to funnel money into the unlawful movement.…

Casino Revenue Plummets Following Anti-Pipeline Protests

With the infamous anti-pipeline protest camps now reduced to a muddy pile of garbage, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is coming to grips with some of the harsh realities of their month’s long crusade against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to the Teton Times, the closure of Highway 1806 and local boycotts of the casino has resulted in a near 50 percent decline in revenue since the start of the anti-pipeline protests last fall.…

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.…