Dakota Access pipeline

North Dakota’s request to dismiss road closure suit denied

BISMARCK, N.D.–A federal judge has denied North Dakota’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The federal lawsuit brought by members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest in 2018 alleges that the closure of state Highway 1806 near…

Feds want deal with North Dakota over pipeline protest costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending that the federal government negotiate a settlement with North Dakota for more than $38 million that the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The request comes following a federal judge’s decision last month to deny the federal government’s motion to dismiss North Dakota’s lawsuit seeking…

ND & Tribal Leaders Respond to Shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline

This ruling is the first major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe since protests and legal battles began over the pipeline in 2016.

WASHINGTON – Oil flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline may come to a standstill after a federal judge ordered the pipeline to shutdown by August 5th. Oil cannot continue to flow until the Army Corps of Engineers completes an Environmental Impact Statement. Federal Judge James Boasberg ruled the Army Corps of Engineers ‘did not adequately consider the impacts of an…

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

The pipeline has been carrying oil for three years.

FARGO, N.D. (AP)–A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. The pipeline has been carrying oil for three years. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April that the pipeline remains “highly controversial” under federal environmental law and a more extensive review was necessary than the environmental assessment that…

North Dakota Regulators Poised to Approve Pipeline Expansion

Opponents say the expansion would increase the possibility of an oil spill.

BISMARCK, N.D.–North Dakota regulators are expected to take action Wednesday on a proposal to expand the capacity of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Public Service Commission signaled last month that it would approve a permit for a pumping station that’s needed for Energy Transfer to double the capacity of the pipeline to meet growing demand for oil shipments from North…

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…