Morton County

Woodley Takes Plea Deal in DAPL Case

If a judge approves the deal, Woodley will not serve any jail time but will serve one year of unsupervised probation and forfeit $500 bond

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — One of the most famous Dakota Access pipeline protesters has reached a plea deal. Actress Shailene Woodley has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She was scheduled to stand trial this Friday. If a judge approves the deal, Woodley will not serve any jail time but will serve one year of unsupervised probation…

Energy Transfer Partners Report Coordinated Attacks at DAPL Construction Site

Company officials say the project remains on track to start moving oil this week between North Dakota and Illinois

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The company building the Dakota Access pipeline claims that there have been coordinated physical attacks along the line. The brief court filing late Monday from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t detail the attacks, but said they “pose threats to life, physical safety and the environment.” Company officials say the project remains on track to start…

Army Corps Finishes Clean-Up of DAPL Protest Camps

A total of 835 industrial-size trash bins were filled and removed

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up three Dakota Access pipeline protest camps. The Corps hired a contractor after the main camp and two others were cleared out and shut down late last month in advance of the spring flooding season. They’d operated since last spring and at times held thousands of pipeline…

DAPL Protesters, Supporters Set Up Camp in Washington D.C.

Members of the camp say they are doing it to show solidarity with Standing Rock and to protest the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Our Washington Correspondent Karys Belger reports

WASHINGTON D.C. — Dakota Access pipeline protests have now formed in Washington. People from all across the country are joining together to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. On the National Mall, Native Americans are pouring in to protest the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. “We’re here to march in D.C. to remind the current administration…

Morton County Officials Preparing to Reopen Highway 1806

Authorities have outlined conditions for a phased reopening of the highway.

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Highway 1806 north of Cannon Ball may reopen soon. The Backwater Bridge on the highway has been closed since being damaged by fires started by pipeline protesters in October. Authorities have outlined conditions for a phased reopening of the highway. Among the conditions: the highway must be cleaned and debris removed, and there is no…

Lawsuit May Halt Construction on Dakota Access Pipeline

The tribes say the pipeline threatens their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A federal judge says he’ll likely decide within a week whether to temporarily halt construction of the final section of the Dakota Access pipeline. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg held a hearing in a lawsuit brought by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, but he didn’t immediately rule. The tribes say the pipeline…

Cass County Sheriff Laney Praises Fellow Law Enforcement Officers Work At DAPL

Authorities Cleared Out Main Dakota Access Protest Camp Last Week

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney is weighing in on the closure of the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in Morton County. Officers made a few dozen final arrests and officially cleared the camp on Thursday after months of protest activity. “So we’re really excited that this is done and we hope at this point that it stays done and…

Authorities Make Final Arrests, Officially Close Main DAPL Camp

As officers worked, cleanup crews began razing buildings on the square-mile piece of property on federal land

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Authorities have declared the main Dakota Access pipeline protest camp officially cleared after arresting the last remaining holdouts. Nearly three dozen people were arrested. It took under four hoursĀ as officers methodically checked buildings and arrested anyone they encountered. One man climbed atop a building and stayed there for more than an hour before surrendering. As…

Pipeline Protest Deadline Brings Fires, Explosions, Injuries and Arrests

Dakota Access Oil Pipeline in Morton County, North Dakota

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A dramatic chain of events unfolded in Morton County at the site of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. There were ceremonial fires, explosions, injuries and arrests. All as the 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline for protesters to clear out of the main camp came and went. Protesters begin ceremonial burning of some of their living structures ahead…

DAPL Protest Response Cost for ND National Guard Almost $9 Million

The guard had spent more than 35,000 man hours at the protest from North Dakota and nine other states

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard has racked up an impressive tally of man hours and money spent at the protest. The cost of the protest response for the guard is near $9 million. As of last week, the guard had spent more than 35,000 man hours at the protest. More than 1,200 Army and nearly 150…