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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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.
WILLISTON, N.D.—North Dakota oil production fell about 1 percent in September to 971,658 barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Wednesday, Nov. 16. The drop of more than 10,350 barrels per day is attributed to the ongoing slowdown in the oil industry, which Director Lynn Helms said is projected to continue at least until the second quarter of 2017.
WASHINGTON — Dakota Access LLC is asking a federal judge to declare that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already authorized pipeline construction under Lake Oahe and an easement document is not needed to complete the four-state oil pipeline. In court papers filed Tuesday, Nov. 15, in U.S. District Court, Dakota Access responded to the agency's Monday announcement that further study is needed before the Army Corps will approve construction on Corps land near North Dakota's Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
WASHINGTON — More discussion is needed with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the agency announced Monday, Nov. 14. The Army Corps invited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussions regarding conditions that could be placed on an easement that would reduce the risk of a spill, increase detection and response to a possible spill and enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the tribe's water supplies.