Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 580-6890.
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NEW TOWN, N.D. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a $2.1 million fine for air pollution at oil and gas wells primarily on North Dakota's Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. But the settlement against Slawson Exploration Co. announced Thursday, Dec. 1, stems from just one of many enforcement actions underway against North Dakota operators for air quality violations.
A Dakota Access spokeswoman said Thursday, Dec. 1, that audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of a September 2014 meeting shows the pipeline company wanted to work with the tribe. "I think the recording demonstrates our willingness to work with them," said Vicki Anderson Granado, spokeswoman for Dakota Access parent company Energy Transfer Partners, said in a statement. "Our doors were open and it is unfortunate that they did not choose to work with us. We hope that changes as we continue to move forward with this project."
BISMARCK — Dakota Access LLC is fighting a $15,000 proposed fine from the North Dakota Public Service Commission, arguing the company's delay in notifying regulators about artifacts found in the pipeline route was not a "willful violation." Attorneys for the pipeline company have filed a motion to dismiss a complaint by the Public Service Commission that alleges Dakota Access violated conditions of its permit.
STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION — Audio released by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from a September 2014 meeting with Dakota Access Pipeline representatives contradicts recent claims made by a pipeline company executive. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, told the Wall Street Journal the pipeline route that crosses just north of the Standing Rock Reservation could have been changed if the tribe had engaged in discussions sooner.
BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants to meet with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council in the coming days to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and begin rebuilding state and tribal relations. "In my opinion, we need to begin now to talk about how we are going to eventually arrive at a peaceful resolution of the situation and restore the relationship between North Dakota and the Standing Rock people," Dalrymple said during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 30.
BISMARCK — Vehicles delivering supplies to the Dakota Access Protest camp could be subject to a $1,000 fine per the governor's emergency evacuation order, a state official said Tuesday. Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the Department of Emergency Services, said law enforcement can stop vehicles in the area of the protest camp in southern Morton County and issue a $1,000 fine if the motorists are delivering supplies to the area under the evacuation order.
BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dalrymple has ordered an emergency evacuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, citing safety concerns due to harsh winter weather. Dalrymple's order signed Monday, Nov. 28, states that people camping in the area near the Cannonball River are ordered to leave immediately and take all their possessions with them. The order comes three days after the Corps told the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe it would be closing the Corps-managed land north of the Cannonball River on Dec. 5.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A company under investigation for the largest pipeline spill in North Dakota history proposes to build a 3.2-mile oil pipeline to connect with Dakota Access. Epping Transmission Co., a subsidiary of Summit Midstream Partners that continues to clean up after nearly 3 million gallons of produced water leaked in 2015, got support Tuesday, Nov. 22, from a labor union that previously was critical of the company.
MANDAN, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple expressed frustration Friday, Nov. 18, at the federal government's inaction on the Dakota Access Pipeline and said he's continuing to push the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resolve the situation. "The frustration is that delaying has no purpose. It does no good whatsoever. We continue to make that argument to the federal government," Dalrymple said. "We are hopeful that they will at some point realize that in order to resolve this situation in total, we have to have a decision on the easement."
BISMARCK — North Dakota legislators have canceled a traditional state of the tribes address in January due to security concerns over recent protests, but tribes will still have a chance to meet with legislative leaders at the start of the session. Members of Legislative Management voted 10-3 Thursday, Nov. 17, to cancel the State/Tribal Relationship and the State of the Judiciary Address, citing concerns about security and the recent strain on law enforcement resources while responding to Dakota Access Pipeline protests.