According to a press release sent out this afternoon, the Dakota Access Pipeline company saw “millions of dollars in damage” after an “intentional burning” of pipeline equipment.
They’re offering a $100,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
You can read the full press release below. It’s a response to an incident in Iowa on Saturday where a fire caused damage to an excavator and three bulldozers.
A separate $14,000 reward has been offered by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association for information related to the death and disappearance of livestock near the protest sites here in North Dakota.
The pipeline project has been plagued with obstruction and vandalism from protesters for months now, both here in North Dakota and elsewhere. Plus activists with a group called Climate Direct Action, declaring solidarity with the #NoDAPL protesters, attacked five pipelines recently in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and Washington. They shut those pipelines down using manual valves, something which could have resulted in those lines leaking or even exploding.
Meanwhile organizers of the protests against the pipeline continue to insist that they are peaceful, and here in North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman David Archambault refuses to expel those factions of the protest movement responsible for unlawful and sometimes violent activities.
These activities against the pipeline have stopped looking like protests and begun looking like terrorism.
Because this is what that word means, right? A group of people looking to get their way through fear and intimidation?
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