Dakota Access pipeline

Judge Dismisses Felony Charge Related to Pipeline Protest

Malcolm still faces a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a riot.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A judge in North Dakota has dismissed a felony conspiracy charge against a South Dakota man who prosecutors say was part of the 2016 riot at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site. Lawrence Malcolm Jr. was charged last year with conspiring to commit criminal mischief based on DNA from a cigarette butt left at the scene. His attorney argued…

North Dakota and Standing Rock to Develop Pipeline Spill Plan

Tribal leaders recently requested a response plan and resources to prepare for a spill.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The State of North Dakota will work with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to help develop a response plan for potential spill of the Dakota Access pipeline. State Emergency Services Director Cody Schulz said tribal leaders recently requested a response plan and resources to prepare for a spill near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Schulz on Monday told a…

Man Charged in 2016 Pipeline Protest Surrenders

The 23-year-old Sisseton man is charged with felony criminal mischief and engaging in a riot.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A South Dakota man who authorities say is linked through DNA evidence to a riot during the Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago has turned himself in to sheriff’s officials in North Dakota. Prosecutors in Morton County filed charges against Lawrence Malcolm Jr. last month after state investigators were informed by the State Crime Lab that DNA from…

Young Climate Activist Coming To Standing Rock Reservation In North Dakota On Tuesday

Greta Thunberg is tonight on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

A 16-year-old climate activist who scolded world leaders at the United Nations is visiting our area. Greta Thunberg is tonight on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to appear at a panel discussion. She’ll be on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota on Tuesday. Thunberg is concerned about the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline as well…

Attorney Seeks Dismissal of DAPL Cigarette Butt DNA Case

Nestor says it's impossible to determine where the butt originated or how long it might have been there.

BISMARCK, N.D.–An attorney for a South Dakota man says DNA evidence found on a cigarette butt doesn’t prove his client participated in a riot during the Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago. On Monday, attorney Bruce Nestor filed a motion in state court seeking dismissal of the charges against Lawrence Malcolm Jr., of Sisseton. Nestor says it’s impossible to…

Judge Allows Tribe to Intervene on Proposed DAPL Expansion

Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe's petition for status as an intervenor.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A judge is allowing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to intervene on a proposed expansion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Administrative Law Judge Tim Dawson approved the tribe’s petition for status as an intervenor Thursday in the case before the Public Service Commission. Dawson’s order says there was no opposition to the petition. Texas-based Energy Transfer wants to double…

Warren Pledges to Revoke DAPL, Keystone XL Permits

Warren pledged that if elected, energy projects that impact Indian Country would not be allowed to proceed without consent.

FARGO, ND – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she wants to cancel the federal permits for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. In a tweet Friday, the Massachusetts senator said “when tribal concerns have conflicted with corporate profits or resource extraction, tribes lose.” Warren pledged that if elected, energy projects that impact Indian Country would not be…

Police as Nazis, Klan? Taxpayer-Funded DAPL Protest Painting Ignites Debate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – A taxpayer-funded painting that portrays police as Nazis backed up by Ku Klux Klan members has ignited a debate about censorship in Minnesota. The painting, by Anishinaabe artist Jim Denomie, depicts the 2016 protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Protesters were concerned about the impact on the Missouri River and the…

CEO Behind Dakota Access Pipeline Already Wants An Expansion

The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry

BISMARCK, N.D. — The head of the company that developed the Dakota Access Pipeline is already ready for an expansion of the project. The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners met with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other energy industry leaders this week in Bismarck. He said he hopes to announce a pipeline expansion to increase the volume of crude oil…

Pipeline Protester Accused Of Poaching Deer Reaches Plea Deal

Charge Could Be Dismissed

MORTON CO., N.D. — One of four men charged with poaching deer during the Dakota Access pipeline protests has reached a deal with prosecutors to dismiss his case. Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho, was charged last year with a misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of a big game animal. Under the deal approved by a judge, the case will be…