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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NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — The confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers is considered so sacred to tribal communities that enemy tribes once camped within view of each other but remained peaceful because of their reverence for the water and the land. That's how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe describes the area where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Missouri River.
BISMARCK — Former North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon will represent the Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders who have been sued by Dakota Access LLC for protesting the pipeline construction. Chairman Dave Archambault II and council member Dana Yellow Fat are among several defendants named in a civil case filed last week in federal court in Bismarck by Dakota Access. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants are interfering with pipeline construction north of the reservation.
ALEXANDER, N.D. — Abandoned campers from across the Bakken line up end to end in a McKenzie County salvage yard. The RVs, some burned or damaged and others with kitchen supplies still in the cupboards, were once in demand for oil boom workers who needed housing. But as oil activity slowed and many workers left the area, the discarded campers wind up at TJ's Salvage along U.S. Highway 85. "We're still getting lots of campers and it's gradually getting worse," said owner Tom Novak.
BISMARCK — An early proposal for the Dakota Access Pipeline called for the project to cross the Missouri River north of Bismarck, but one reason that route was rejected was its potential threat to Bismarck's water supply, documents show. Now a growing number of protesters are objecting to the oil pipeline's Missouri River crossing a half-mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which they argue could threaten the water supply for the tribe and other communities downstream.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—The 4 Bears Casino & Lodge will debut its $47 million concert venue on Friday with a Toby Keith concert, the first national act to perform in the newly renovated facility. "It's a lot more luxurious," said general manager Patrick Packineau. "We want people to come out and experience a first-class venue close to home." The new 85,000-square-foot event center in New Town has the amenities to attract arena-caliber acts while providing fans a more intimate concert setting, Packineau said.
CANNON BALL -— The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called for peace Wednesday as protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline continue north of the reservation. Chairman Dave Archambault II said he's spreading the word among tribal members and hundreds who have come from out of state that violence diminishes the power of their message.
CANNON BALL, N.D. — Numbers are growing at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, with overflow camp sites set up late Monday and additional pipeline opponents expected to continue arriving. "We're ready for 5,000 campers," said Joye Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. "People are coming from all over the world."
WILLISTON, N.D. — Construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline is quickly progressing in North Dakota, estimated to be 44 percent complete at the end of July. A construction progress report filed with the North Dakota Public Service Commission says the North Dakota portion is scheduled for mechanical completion by Oct. 31, which includes construction and testing of the pipeline, said PSC Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak.
BELFIELD — The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating an oil spill on a western North Dakota butte where oil is seeping out of a hillside. Denbury Onshore discovered a spill on July 18 at an oil and gas well about 15 miles northwest of Belfield. At the time, the spill was estimated to be 2 barrels, but is much larger than the company initially thought. Karl Rockeman, director of the Division of Water Quality, said late Friday that oil was discovered to be seeping out of the hillside in multiple locations.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Research underway at Theodore Roosevelt National Park aims to help scientists better understand bison in order to conserve the species. Researchers recently collected tissue samples from 100 bison in the north and south units of the park that will be compared with bones and fossils collected in North Dakota, said Bill Whitworth, chief of resource management for the park. The goal of the project is to better understand the genetic diversity of the American bison, officially named the national mammal earlier this year.