Latest Dakota Access Pipeline News

$1.6B pipeline proposed to move North Dakota crude oil

Jun. 11, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two companies are proposing a $1.6 billion pipeline to move North Dakota crude oil, making it the biggest such project to move oil out of the state since the Dakota Access pipeline that sparked violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement in 2016 and 2017. Houston-based...

Delegation seeks settlement of Dakota Access protest costs

Jun. 11, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation is calling on President Donald Trump's administration to address the state's year-old request for $38 million to cover the cost of policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and U.S. Rep....

Activists' lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws

May. 16, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff's attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain...

Texas lawmakers may stiffen penalties for pipeline damage

May. 15, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses. Environmental activists and oil and...

South Dakota governor, Oglala Sioux in protests standoff

May. 7, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem are each waiting for the other side to make a move to resolve a disagreement over anti-protest legislation that led to the tribe banning the governor from one of the largest reservations in the country. The legislation aims to prevent...

Judge sends suit over pipeline back to North Dakota court

May. 6, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — 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...

Tribe says South Dakota governor not welcome on reservation

May. 2, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

A Native American tribe has told South Dakota's Republican Gov. Kristi Noem she's not welcome on one of largest reservations in the country after she led efforts to pass a state law targeting demonstrations such as those in neighboring North Dakota that plagued the Dakota Access oil pipeline. "I am hereby...

Sheriff seeks dismissal from lawsuit over anti-protest laws

Apr. 29, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

A western South Dakota sheriff is seeking to be dismissed from a lawsuit challenging new state laws that target disruptive demonstrations by anti-oil pipeline activists. Attorney Rebeca L. Mann said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom must enforce state laws but isn't responsible for defending them. "Pennington...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...