Dakota Access Pipeline

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Dakota Pipeline Oil Almost Ready to Start Flowing

Local tribes are still challenging project in court

(Newser) - Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota. Energy Transfer Partners has finished drilling under Lake Oahe and will soon... More »

Fire, Prayer Mark End of Pipeline Protesters' Camp

Dakota Access activists say blaze is part of the ceremony of leaving

(Newser) - The last people remaining at a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp prayed and set fire to a handful of wooden structures on Wednesday, hours ahead of a deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers to close the camp. Protesters said burning the structures—which appeared to include a yurt... More »

Tribe Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Stall Dakota Access Pipeline

Cheyenne River Sioux have filed legal challenge, want work to stop ASAP

(Newser) - Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and the full pipeline should be operational within three months, the developer said Thursday, even as an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply. The Army granted Energy... More »

Seattle to End 18-Year Deal With Wells Fargo Over Pipeline

City Council approves move with 9-0 vote Tuesday

(Newser) - Seattle City Council says it will pull its average daily $10 million balance from Wells Fargo at the end of 2018, ending an 18-year relationship with a lender in the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Citing the pipeline project, the council voted 9-0 Tuesday to end its relationship with... More »

Army Will Allow Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

Will allow pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe

(Newser) - The Army has notified Congress that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois, the AP reports. The Justice Department filed court documents Tuesday including letters to... More »

Army Issues Order on Disputed Pipeline

Sioux vow to protest latest Dakota development

(Newser) - The Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to proceed under a disputed Missouri River crossing, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday, the latest twist in a months-long legal battle over the project. The Standing Rock Sioux, whose opposition to the... More »

Malia Obama Joins Pipeline Protest

She was seen at Sundance Film Festival event

(Newser) - The first Obama to publicly take a political stance during the Trump administration wasn't Barack or Michelle but Malia, who joined a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline during the Sundance Festival in Utah this week. Actress Shailene Woodley, a fellow protester, tells Democracy Now that is was "... More »

Trump Greenlights 2 Controversial Pipelines

Keystone and Dakota Access can move forward again

(Newser) - Two controversial pipelines stopped by the Obama administration just got revived by the Trump administration. The president signed executive actions Tuesday to advance construction on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, reports the Hill . The moves do not equate to final approval, and the next steps are a little... More »

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 »

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