Latest Dakota Access Pipeline News

Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

Feb. 14, 2019 9:02 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued...

North Dakota to sue feds over pipeline protest police costs

Feb. 12, 2019 5:47 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will sue the federal government to try to recoup the $38 million it spent policing the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline — a tactic one expert believes has little chance of success. The Army Corps of Engineers didn't respond to an...

Admitted pipeline vandalizer fights racketeering lawsuit

Feb. 11, 2019 4:12 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Phoenix woman who has publicly admitted to vandalism along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in two states is asking a judge to dismiss her as a defendant in a $1 billion federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the pipeline developer. Ruby Montoya was one of millions of...

Protest highway shutdown lawsuit claims include extortion

Feb. 8, 2019 5:53 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux tribal members and others who are suing over a five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline have broadened their claims to include allegations of extortion and media manipulation by state and county officials....

Dakota Access criminal cases wrapping up in North Dakota

Feb. 6, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of state-level criminal cases stemming from the prolonged protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline are mostly wrapped up, and an organization of volunteer attorneys that formed to aid protesters is shifting its focus to other potential battles, including...

Law officers respond to suit over pipeline protester injury

Jan. 25, 2019 5:54 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in North Dakota say they aren't to blame for a severe arm injury a New York City woman sustained while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline and that public statements they made blaming her weren't aimed at damaging her character. They're asking a federal...

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

Jan. 14, 2019 3:49 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it. The federal lawsuit brought...

Democrat: Keystone XL developer should pay into cleanup fund

Jan. 11, 2019 6:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline's developer to pay into a state oil spill cleanup fund and impose more regulations on so-called man camps, the state Senate Democratic leader said Friday. Sen. Troy Heinert, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said that the...

Regulators: Dakota Access company complied with settlement

Jan. 11, 2019 12:19 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has planted tens of thousands of trees and taken other steps to settle allegations that it violated North Dakota rules during construction, state regulators have concluded. The September 2017 agreement between Texas-based Energy Transfer...

Judge allows tribes to challenge Corps' Dakota Access study

Jan. 7, 2019 4:44 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing four Native American tribes in the Dakotas to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a Dakota Access oil pipeline spill wouldn't unfairly affect them, further prolonging a court case that has lingered for more than two years. The Standing...