Morton County

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…

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp To Be Cleared This Afternoon

The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp isn't likely to end on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp isn’t likely to end on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota. It also may not spell the end of heavy law enforcement presence near where the Dallas-based developer is finishing the last big section of the pipeline. When completed, the pipeline will carry oil…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sending Cleanup Crew to Main DAPL Protest Camp

Officials say they are concerned about an environmental disaster zone after early spring melting is mixing with human waste and garbage

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is sending a crew to help cleanup the main Dakota Access protest camp. Sen. Hoeven says the Corps has agreed to have a crew on site by the end of the week. He says the area needs to be cleared to help prevent an environmental disaster if the area…

Morton County Facing Potential Environmental Disaster from Cleaning Protest Camps

Officials say the melting conditions are combining with human waste and trash, which could create a possible disaster

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Officials are now worried about a potential health and environmental disaster in Morton County. Rapid melt and runoff at the pipeline protest camps is hampering efforts to cleanup the area. The wet conditions are combining with human waste and trash to create a possible disaster. Maj. French Pope of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

Legislation Against DAPL Protesters Fails in ND House

The bill said a driver who "unintentionally'' caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged

  BISMARCK, N.D. — Legislation aimed at protesters who blocked roads during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations has failed in the North Dakota House. The bill said a driver who “unintentionally” caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged. The legislation’s primary sponsor, Republican Rep. Keith Kempenich, told The Washington Post recently the…

DAPL Protests Costing Local N.D. Taxpayers, State $33 Million

Nine states have provided support to law enforcement

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Authorities have spent 188 days at the protest camps at an estimated cost to state and local taxpayers of nearly $33 million. That cost has been broken down to $25 million for personnel needs such as paying salaries and other staff, $3.6 million for travel, per diem and housing and $4.3 million for supplies and…

DAPL Viral Protest Picture Determined to Be Fake

The photo is actually from HBO's website for their movie, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A picture of tents on fire at a DAPL protest camp in Morton County has gone viral with people saying it was law enforcement who raided and set the camp on fire. The problem with the picture? It’s from the scene of a movie on HBO. This is the photo that has all the attention. It…

Tribes File Lawsuit in Attempt to Halt DAPL Construction

Two tribes have filed a lawsuit after the company began construction again

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are moving full-steam ahead in court to stop the Dakota Access pipeline project. A legal challenge has been filed to try to block the project’s completion. The judge will not hear it until Monday. The company building the pipeline has started construction on the final stretch of the…

Three Fugitives Wanted for Alleged DAPL Crimes

Two other fugitives related to the same set of charges have already been arrested or appeared in court

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. –Three men are wanted on federal charges from an incident at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. An indictment has been handed down for 36-year-old Brennon Nastacio, 22-year-old Brandon Miller-Castillo and 20-year-old Dion Ortiz. The fugitives are accused of civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal crime. A third suspect, James White, was just arrested…