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Dakota Access Pipeline opponents sing prayer songs Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, as they vacate the Oceti Sakowin camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., ahead of the evacuation deadline. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Can We Expect Political Extremists to Attack the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project Now?

Can We Expect Political Extremists to Attack the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project Now?

Back during the violent demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline one casus belli of the political extremists perpetrating them was the idea that the pipeline would disturb sacred artifacts and burial grounds along the route. This was a problematic argument because the DAPL project, through that disputed area near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, followed an

Douglas County (Wis.) sheriff deputies, along with Sheriff Tom Dalbec, center, pointing in tan shirt and brown pants, and pipeline workers stand along County Road W on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, south of Oliver. Jed Carlson / Forum News Service

Protest Groups Must Be Held Civilly Liable for Harm Done to Lawful, Permitted Industry

I’m sure the folks at Enbridge, who are in the process of building the Line 3 Replacement pipeline which crosses down from Canada through the northeast corner of North Dakota and across Minnesota to Wisconson, are apprehensive that their project will turn into as big of a mess as the Dakota Access Pipeline did. News yesterday

"Water protectors" complete a two-day canoe trip north of Cannon Ball, N.D., where Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are camping. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Standing Rock Water Intake at Heart of the #NoDAPL Protests Moved Away From Pipeline Crossing

Last year, when the violent #NoDAPL protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline were just beginning to heat up, a talking point often deployed by the pipeline opponents was the fact that an intake for the Standing Rock Sioux’s tribe’s water supply was just downstream from where the pipeline would cross the river at Fort Yates.

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds

The Dakota Access Pipeline Has Reduced Oil by Rail Shipments by 20 Percent in First Month of Operation

The opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline, many of them political extremists with a propensity for vandalism and violence, told us that the line was a risk. The truth beyond those talking points is more complicated, as it so often is. According to a recent report from the North Dakota Pipeline Authority (see below), rising

An explosion from an oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, in December, 2013. Courtesy Loren Parks

It’s Almost Like Building Pipelines Like DAPL Leads to Safer Transportation of Oil or Something

Remember over the last few years when the enemies of oil development were hyping oil train derailments? To be fair those derailments – some of them hugely explosive and damaging, some even costing people their lives – were a legitimate thing to be concerned about. But when some, including this observer, argued that the solution

A pickup is parked on the hill near where stone cairns and other artifacts were discovered on the Dakota Access Pipeline route on Oct. 17, 2016, in southern Morton County, N.D. Courtesy of North Dakota Public Service Commission

PSC Recommends $15,000 Fine Against Dakota Access Pipeline for Routing Around Artifacts Without Permission

Last week news broke that the Public Service Commission hadn’t been notified of cultural artifacts found along the Dakota Access Pipeline route. Today the PSC announced that they would be pursuing a $15,000 fine against the company for the lack of notification. You can read the full release below. This excerpt describes the fine, and

Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline Has Been Completed Outside of Lake Oahe Crossing

This afternoon a press release dropped into my inbox from the folks at Dakota Access Pipeline. Their intent is to correct the record on a release sent out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, apparently by accident, indicating that the company would voluntarily be stopping construction. DAPL says they have no intention of voluntarily

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch hold a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday. A line of police prevented Kelsch and others from hold the protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Capitol grounds NICK SMITH / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Irony: New Standing Rock Water Intake Will Be Next to Rail Crossing Used to Transport Oil

“Water is life.” That’s a chant you’ll hear often from the protesters opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. They point out that the pipeline would cross just a little ways up the Missouri River/Lake Oahe reservoir from a drinking water intake used to service the Standing Rock tribe. Only, as I was the first

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II greets the Dakota Access Pipeline opponents Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, who are camped north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Audio: ND Gov Jack Dalrymple Says Standing Rock Chairman Told Him He’s “No Longer in Control” in Protest Camp

For some time now, as we’ve watched the attacks from activists on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline intensify, I’ve heard that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe which organized the original protest had lost control. In fact an anti-pipeline activist who left the #NoDAPL protest camps, complaining of “lawlessness” there, told me there were

#NoDAPL protesters face off with North Dakota law enforcement personnel at a road block along Highway 6 near St. Anthony, North Dakota on October 5. Photo via Morton County

Over 85 Percent of Arrested #NoDAPL Protesters Are From Outside of North Dakota

Yesterday there was a standoff between #NoDAPL protesters seeking to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline and law enforcement when the latter group blocked Morton County road 136 off Highway 6 near St. Anthony. The protesters, as is their wont, were headed to a work site where pipeline workers were engaged in lawful construction activities. These pipeline workers