DAPL

DAPL protester who refused to testify is back in federal custody

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who has refused to provide testimony to a federal grand jury is back in custody. Steve Martinez was held in contempt of court for the second time in a month.  The 46-year-old Martinez is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. Martinez was released on a technicality Feb. 22 following 19…

Violent DAPL Protest Still Being Investigated Four Years Later

MORTON CO., N.D. — A violent protest four years ago between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and law enforcement is still being investigated. One protester has recently been jailed for refusing to provide grand jury testimony. No one has been criminally charged in the November 2016 clash, which severely injured 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky of New York City. She has sued law…

Update: Celebrities urge Biden to shut down DAPL, Burgum says effects would be ‘devastating’

FARGO (KVRR) – Dozens of celebrities have written a letter that urges President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. “We urge you to remedy this historic injustice and direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to immediately shut down the illegal Dakota Access Pipeline while the Environmental Impact Statement process is conducted, consistent with the D.C. District Court’s…

Fargo Activists Jog Against DAPL

Three Fargo Runners take to the street to both exercise and Protest.

FARGO, N.D. – Some people in Fargo are voicing their opposition to Dakota Access and Line 3 oil pipelines through exercise. Subzero temperatures didn’t stop these joggers from making their way from Island Park to City Hall and back on Tuesday. The group is running in solidarity with the Standing Rock Youth Council, which is completing a bigger challenge of…

Judge dismisses latest DAPL protest lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge in North Dakota has thrown out another lawsuit alleging officers used excessive force during the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in 2017. The lawsuit by Eric Poemoceah is the second such lawsuit to be dismissed in recent weeks. The complaint, filed last April, said the Oklahoma man was tackled while running from law enforcement and…

Judge dismisses defamation claim by DAPL protester

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit by a New York City woman who was severely injured in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline four years ago. U.S. District Judge Daniel Traynor dismissed claims of defamation against law enforcement officials who made public statements blaming the woman for her own injury. Sophia Wilansky…

North Dakota oil producers face declining oil economy

"We're fighting an uphill battle right now, and we better realize it as a state, as a producing state," said Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota oil industry has faced crisis after crisis in 2020. A federal judge’s latest order to suspend the service of the Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest. “We’re fighting an uphill battle right now, and we better realize it as a state, as a producing state,” said Ron Ness, President of the North Dakota Petroleum…

Sheriffs Laney And Kirchmeier Named In Mutli-Million Dollar DAPL Lawsuit

Sophia Wilansky of New York claims that officers launched an explosive which nearly severed her hand

FARGO, ND — Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney is one of four people named in a Dakota Access Pipeline protest lawsuit. Sophia Wilansky of New York claims that officers launched an explosive which nearly severed her hand. She is seeking “millions of dollars” in damages to be determined at trial. Wilansky is suing Laney, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, North…

ND State AG Wants Feds To Pay For DAPL Protest Costs

Stenehjem says the federal government was negligent for allowing the protest to take place on land that's managed by the Corps of Engineers.

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFGO) – North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has filed a multi-million dollar claim against the Army Corps of Engineers to recover the costs associated with the 2016 Dakota Access Pipeline Protest. Stenehjem says the federal government was negligent for allowing the protest to take place on land that’s managed by the Corps of Engineers. “I think that…

Pipeline Protestor Sentencing Scheduled for May

Thirty-eight-year-old Red Fawn Fallis could face up to 15 years in prison.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A judge has scheduled a May 31 sentencing for a Denver woman who pleaded guilty in a shooting during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Thirty-eight-year-old Red Fawn Fallis could face up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend no more than seven years. Fallis was accused of firing…