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Dakota Access Pipeline Hits a Milestone: Its First Leak

SD officials say it was quickly contained and isn't a big deal, but Sioux aren't buying it

(Newser) - Eighty-four gallons of oil may not be a huge amount, but that amount leaking out of the Dakota Access pipeline in April isn't reassuring those who've long protested it. Per NBC News , the leak was caused by mechanical failure of a surge pump at a pump station in... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Government Sides With Tribe, Halts Pipeline Construction

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says it's a 'game changer'

(Newser) - On the heels of major defeat comes surprising victory: Shortly after a federal judge denied a request from the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the federal government stepped in and did exactly that. ABC News reports the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior,... More »

Judge Denies Tribe's Request to Halt Pipeline

Judge: Standing Rock Sioux didn't prove Dakota Access injunction warranted

(Newser) - A federal judge denied the Standing Rock Sioux's request for a temporary halt to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, the AP reports. Judge James Boasberg says he took the tribe's request very seriously— NPR notes he acknowledged the "contentious and tragic" relationship between Native... More »

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