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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…

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…

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…

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…

Tribes Say Dakota Access Pipeline Overstates Shutdown Impact

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – American Indian tribes hoping to persuade a federal judge to turn off the Dakota Access pipeline maintain in last-minute court filings that the project’s developer overstated potential impacts of a shutdown. Federal Judge James Boasberg is deciding whether to shut down the $3.8 billion pipeline carrying North Dakota oil to Illinois while federal officials study how…

Energy Trade Groups Get Say On Potential Pipeline Shutdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge deciding whether to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline while more environmental review is done is allowing national energy trade groups to have a say. Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., granted the request Friday, just days before Monday’s final deadline for all parties involved in the legal dispute to submit arguments. The…

Tribe That Led Pipeline Fight To Embrace Renewable Energy

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The American Indian tribe that led opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it hopes to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault says the tribe wants to transition to renewable energy, such as wind and solar energy. He made the statement Thursday while accepting an award, but didn’t…

Standing Rock Film Festival Centers Around Pipeline Protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A film festival on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year. Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the tribal casino near Fort Yates is to foster connections between the Native American community and the film industry….

Lawsuit Dismissed Against Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault and four others. Dakota Access LLC filed the complaint last year against Archambault and others, seeking restraining orders and monetary damages. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the company claimed they interfered with…

Dakota Access Attorneys Fighting Tribes’ Religion Argument

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline is opposing an attempt by Sioux tribes to argue the project should be halted because it interferes with their religious practices. Energy Transfer Partners has asked a federal judge to reject an attempt by the tribes to amend their lawsuit to include the religion argument. The tribes sued last…

Judge Won’t Stop Oil From Flowing Through Disputed Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has refused to head off the imminent flow of oil in the disputed Dakota Access pipeline. Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday denied a request by the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux to stop oil from flowing while they appeal his earlier decision allowing pipeline construction to finish. Boasberg says a “critical factor”…

UN Official: Tribe Not Properly Heard In Pipeline Dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A United Nations official who visited North Dakota in the wake of months of protests over the Dakota Access pipeline believes the concerns and rights of Native Americans haven’t been adequately addressed. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is the U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. She believes authorities used unnecessary force against protesters, that the Standing…

US, Tribal Officials Want Pipeline Documents Released

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – U.S. and tribal officials are opposing an effort by the developer of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to keep some information shielded from the public while a court battle over the project continues. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners last month asked a judge to shield details such as spill response plans and pipeline features that…

Company Set To Finish Work On Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP)– The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it plans to immediately resume construction on the long-stalled project. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners on Wednesday got final permission from the Army to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. The project had been delayed for months before President Donald Trump last month instructed…