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WILLISTON, N.D. — Donald Trump's election may revive the debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline, with TransCanada Corp. saying the company "remains fully committed" to building the pipeline that President Obama previously rejected. "We are evaluating ways to engage the new administration on the benefits, the jobs and the tax revenues this project brings to the table," TransCanada said in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 9, a day following Trump's victory.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Public Service Commission chairwoman Julie Fedorchak retained her seat on the three-member board Tuesday, Nov. 8, despite opposition from Native American voters over the Dakota Access...
BISMARCK — Staff from the North Dakota Public Service Commission have proposed a $15,000 fine for Dakota Access LLC for potential permit violations after the company failed to notify the commission about cultural artifacts discovered in the route. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday, Nov. 8, to issue a formal complaint to Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, that alleges the company violated conditions of the permit, including rerouting the pipeline without clearance from the commission.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - At least seven journalists have been charged with crimes while covering Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota, prompting some out-of-state and independent journalists to say law enforcement is targeting them. The arrests include a freelance journalist who is charged with a felony of conspiring to set fire to roadblocks and vehicles, but he says he was reporting on the confrontation with law enforcement, not participating in it. "It's ridiculous the way they've been targeting media," said Adam Schrader, a freelance journalist from New York.
BISMARCK—State regulators decided Wednesday, Nov. 2, to draft a complaint against the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline for failing to notify them right away about a cultural find, possibly the first time the agency has taken such action against a pipeline company. Public Service Commission Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak said she was "extremely disappointed" when she learned Dakota Access LLC had discovered American Indian artifacts in the pipeline route but had not notified state regulators.
MANDAN, N.D. — Chairmen of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes condemned the aggression used against Dakota Access Pipeline opponents this week and said they're considering taking legal action against law enforcement. Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II said more than 40 people were injured, including broken bones and welts from rubber bullets and bean bag rounds fired by law enforcement Thursday, Oct. 27, when hundreds of officers removed people from the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — One day after negotiations between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and law enforcement broke down, the mood was tense but quiet Thursday, Oct. 27, as the sun rose above the resistance camps. Above, in restricted airspace, a North Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft circled. Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the state's Department of Emergency Services, said medical staffing is in place should any injuries occur at the protest sites.
MANDAN, N.D. - The dog handlers who provided security for Dakota Access LLC during a Sept. 3 clash with protesters were not properly licensed to provide security in North Dakota, a Morton County investigation found. Names of the unlicensed security officers have been forwarded to prosecutors for possible charges, but investigators were only able to identify two of the seven dog handlers, said Capt. Jay Gruebele of the Morton County Sheriff's Department. Providing private security services without a license is a Class B misdemeanor in North Dakota.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — The acting state's attorney for McKenzie County said Monday, Oct. 24, he anticipates filing a petition for the removal of the sheriff this week. The McKenzie County Commission received an update Monday on the commission's request to have acting state's attorney Todd Schwarz draft a petition to seek the removal of Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger from office.
MANDAN, N.D. — Two participants in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest have been charged with crimes related to using drones in what may be the first criminal cases in North Dakota against drone operators. One man is charged with stalking after he used a drone to photograph private security workers and another man is charged with felony reckless endangerment for allegedly flying a drone near a North Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft.