Dakota Access Pipeline

Judge Sends Suit Over Pipeline Back to North Dakota Court

BISMARCK, N.D. – A federal judge has sent back to North Dakota state court a lawsuit alleging the environmental group Greenpeace conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The two sides had agreed to the move, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland recently signed off on it. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners maintains Greenpeace and others should be held…

Dakota Access Pipeline Developer Slow To Replace Some Trees

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline missed a year-end deadline to plant thousands of trees in North Dakota. But Energy Transfer Partners says it’s still complying with a September 2017 agreement settling allegations it violated state rules during construction. ETP was accused of removing too many trees and improperly handling a pipeline route change….

Sentencing Set For Dakota Access Protester In Shooting

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…

Pipeline Protester’s Elderly Exploitation Case Dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Authorities have dropped a second charge against a Bismarck woman accused of abusing and exploiting her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports authorities have dismissed a charge of felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult against Kathleen Bennett. Prosecutor Marina Spahr cited in part the fact that Bennett’s mother…

Dakota Access Private Security Firm Set For October Trial

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A private security firm hired by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline will on go trial in the fall for allegedly operating in North Dakota without a license. North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board sued North Carolina-based TigerSwan last June. Court documents show a five-day trial has been scheduled beginning Oct. 8. TigerSwan was…

Judge Won’t Delay Dakota Access Shooting Suspect’s Trial

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge is refusing to delay the upcoming trial of a Denver woman accused of shooting at law officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland also is limiting the scope of the trial for Red Fawn Fallis. He isn’t allowing discussion about treaty agreements, protest activity in…

Prosecutors Can Cite Alleged Threats In Dakota Access Trial

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge says prosecutors can cite threatening statements that a Denver woman made after she allegedly shot at police during Dakota Access oil pipeline protests in North Dakota. Attorneys for Red Fawn Fallis wanted to suppress evidence and statements obtained during her arrest last year. But a federal judge denied the requests on Friday. The…

First Jailed Dakota Access Protesters Appeal To High Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have appealed to the state’s Supreme Court. Sixty-four-year-old Mary Redway of Providence, Rhode Island, and 27-year-old Alexander Simon of Lamy, New Mexico, were convicted Oct. 19 of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Redway served four days in jail and Simon…

Tribes Make Renewed Push For Pipeline Protections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that…

Woman Injured In Pipeline Protest Still Being Investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A New York woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is preparing for her fifth surgery, even while she’s still under investigation. Sophia Wilansky was injured in an explosion during a violent clash between protesters and police last November. Protesters allege the blast was caused by a…

Dakota Access Builder And Corps Object To Tribal Proposal

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The builder of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and the federal agency that permitted the project are objecting to an effort by American Indian tribes to bolster protections for their water supply. Lawyers for Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and the Army Corps of Engineers argue separately in court documents that the proposals by the Standing Rock…

1st Pipeline Protest Jail Sentences Occur In North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota man and a Rhode Island woman are the first to serve jail time in North Dakota for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. Sixty-four-year-old Mary Redway of Providence, Rhode Island, and 27-year-old Alexander Simon were recently convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Redway was sentenced to four days in jail and Simon to 18 days….

Pipeline Protest Charges Dismissed Against Journalist

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Obstruction and disorderly conduct charges have been dismissed against a photo journalist covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest last year. Sara Lafleur-Vetter was working for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet, when she was arrested Oct. 22 with 140 other people at the pipeline easement near state Highway 1806. Defense attorney Amanda Harris argued there was…

Judge To Hear Arguments On Tribe’s Pipeline Contingency Plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River. The idea is part of a fallback plan proposed by the Standing…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Calls Dakota Access Ruling Disappointing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux says a federal judge’s decision allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to continue operating while more environmental study is done is “disappointing.” The $3.8 billion pipeline began moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois in June, but Judge James Boasberg ruled that month more assessment is needed on the project’s…

Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline To Keep Running

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has decided to allow the Dakota Access oil pipeline to continue operating while a study is completed assessing its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe. The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois on June 1. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled…

Activist Weighing Appeal After Pipeline Protest Conviction

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An environmental activist from Seattle convicted of targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota hasn’t decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. But Michael Foster’s attorney says he wouldn’t challenge the judge’s refusal to allow Foster to justify his crime with a global warming defense. Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they targeted…

Tribal Head Who Led Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Voted Out

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The American Indian leader who spearheaded opposition to the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has been ousted as Standing Rock Sioux chairman. The unofficial vote count in Wednesday’s tribal election shows that Dave Archambault got 37 percent of the vote and Mike Faith got 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat in a statement Thursday, saying he’ll “continue to…

Tribal Leader Bashes State Deal With Dakota Access Builder

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off too lightly when it settled allegations that it violated rules including those dealing with artifacts discoveries. The agreement between North Dakota’s Public Service Commission and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners doesn’t include…