Dakota Access Pipeline

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Pipeline Protesters Arrested After Spectacular NFL Stunt

They unfurled banner from roof truss

(Newser) - Two Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested after a stunt that left them dangling from a roof truss at US Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon during the Minnesota Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears. The pair sneaked up the truss and rappelled down at the start of the second quarter... More »

Meet the First Native American to Win an Electoral Vote

Environmental activist Faith Spotted Eagle got one in Washington state

(Newser) - When Washington state's 12 electors cast their presidential votes this week, four of them defied their state's popular vote and ditched Hillary Clinton. Three of those dissenting votes went to Colin Powell and the fourth went to Faith Spotted Eagle. If that name has you wondering who on... More »

Fearing 'Trick,' Standing Rock Protesters Defy Call to 'Go Home'

'Our native people have reason to be distrustful'

(Newser) - The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has told activists to leave camps in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline following the US Army Corps of Engineers' decision to consider alternate routes that don't travel under Lake Oahe. "It's time to go home,... More »

A Victory at Standing Rock —or Maybe Not

A look at what follows the Army Corps of Engineers' decision

(Newser) - After months of protests by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters, the US Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday said it would consider alternate routes for the Dakota Access pipeline that didn't travel under North Dakota's Lake Oahe, effectively putting the brakes on the nearly finished... More »

Army Corps of Engineers Blocks Dakota Access Pipeline Route

'This is history,' says one organizer

(Newser) - US Army Corps of Engineers says it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, the AP reports. Corps spokeswoman Moria Kelley said in a news release Sunday that the administration will not allow the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline to be built... More »

Pipeline Protesters Face a New Battle

This one is with Mother Nature

(Newser) - So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds, and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands. But if they defy the government deadline to abandon the camp by Monday as promised, demonstrators... More »

Hundreds of Vets Will Stand Up to Protect Pipeline Protesters

Veterans bringing money, supplies, symbolism to North Dakota

(Newser) - The thousands of protesters already camped out in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline are about to get reinforcements in the form of hundreds of veterans, Stars and Stripes reports. As many as 2,000 vets will arrive in North Dakota on Sunday with the goal of "protecting the... More »

Neil Young to Obama: It's Time to Step In at Standing Rock

Young and Darryl Hannah write an open letter to protesters

(Newser) - In an open letter to the protesters at Standing Rock published in the Guardian , Neil Young and Daryl Hannah offer their support for the people trying "to protect water, to state the most basic human truth, to say water is life" and fighting "for the rightful preservation of... More »

Feds: We're Not Evicting Pipeline Protesters

Army Corps wants 'peaceful and orderly transition'

(Newser) - The US Army Corps of Engineers says it isn't going to force more than 5,000 pipeline protesters off land where they've been camping since August— despite having told them that they need to leave. "The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition... More »

Government Ousting Dakota Access Protest Camp: Tribe

Pipeline protesters have until Dec. 5 before they're trespassing

(Newser) - The day after Thanksgiving—timing that is "both unfortunate and disrespectful"—the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it got notice from the US Army Corps of Engineers that it must vacate the land where Dakota Access pipeline protesters have been camping since August. “Although the news is... More »

Inside Trump's Financial Connection to Dakota Access Pipeline

President-elect owns stock in Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump's investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president. Trump's 2016 federal disclosure forms show he owns between $15,000 and... More »

Thanksgiving Meal on Its Way for 2,000 Pipeline Protesters

Meanwhile, North Dakota wants to borrow another $7M for law enforcement

(Newser) - About 75 people from around the country are planning to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 2,000 protesters who are demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, the AP reports. The group is to include actress-activists Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley. The meal is set for late... More »

Pipeline Protester May Need Arm Amputated

Protesters blame cops for Sophia Wilansky's injury, but cops blame protesters

(Newser) - A 21-year-old woman may lose her arm after her father and fellow activists say she was hit with a concussion grenade thrown by police during a Dakota Access pipeline protest Sunday in North Dakota, the Guardian reports. Police, however, deny using such grenades and blame protesters for the injury. According... More »

Amid Freezing Temps, Water Sprayed at Pipeline Protesters

Cops use tear gas, water cannon in battle for bridge

(Newser) - Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters in North Dakota tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using a water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas, the AP reports. Sunday'... More »

Pipeline Activist Shot With Rubber Bullet While Filming Interview

Incident caught on camera

(Newser) - As protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline continue outside Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation, video emerged Thursday showing an activist shot with a rubber bullet in the middle of an interview. "I was as standing innocently onshore, not making any aggressive gestures, never exchanging a single word with the... More »

Protesters, Police Clash While Pipeline Company Could Be Fined

Two protesters arrested, others treated for hypothermia

(Newser) - Officers in riot gear clashed again Wednesday with protesters near the Dakota Access pipeline, hitting dozens with pepper spray as they waded through waist-deep water in an attempt to reach property owned by the pipeline's developer, the AP reports. The confrontation came hours after North Dakota regulators criticized the... More »

People 'Checking In' to Pipeline Protest in Droves on Facebook

To confuse law enforcement—but cops insist they're not tracking protesters on social media

(Newser) - Dakota Access Pipeline protesters continue to face down law enforcement in North Dakota—and now they're trying to use social media to confuse the police, the Daily Dot reports. On a Facebook page labeled as an unofficial account for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the feed is filled with... More »

Dakota Pipeline Protest Fund Tops $1M

But the money is disappearing quickly in Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations

(Newser) - As the protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline escalates, so has the main crowdfunding page linked to it. The AP reports that since April, a GoFundMe account set up to raise money to aid protesters has far surpassed the $5,000 its organizer had originally hoped it... More »

Police Fire Pepper Spray, Bean Bags at Pipeline Protesters

More than 20 protesters were arrested; at least 1 was injured

(Newser) - Officers in riot gear fired bean bags and pepper spray at protesters Thursday as they tried to clear them from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the AP reports. A North Dakota State Emergency Services spokesperson said officers were responding to "... More »

Riot Charges Dropped Against Reporter at Pipeline Protest

Amy Goodman was accused of trespassing and rioting after her coverage

(Newser) - Another arrest related to protests over a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota is making headlines. In this one, journalist Amy Goodman was accused of participating in a riot while covering a protest that turned violent last month, but a judge rejected the charge on Monday, reports Gothamist . Goodman works... More »

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