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Port: Pipeline protests have cost state/local authorities over $2.2 million so far

"In all, the state has accumulated about $1.8 million in costs, including overtime for Department of Emergency Services personnel and payments to reimburse costs incurred by partnering law enforcement agencies," a press release from Governor Jack...

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Law enforcement officers carry a protester advocating against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo submitted by Morton County

“In all, the state has accumulated about $1.8 million in costs, including overtime for Department of Emergency Services personnel and payments to reimburse costs incurred by partnering law enforcement agencies,” a press release from Governor Jack Dalrymple’s office yesterday stated (see below). “Morton County officials have reported incurring costs of about $100,000 a week for a total of approximately $400,000.”

That’s a huge amount of money, and with often unlawful and sometimes violent #NoDAPL protesters vowing to stay the course at their camps, a let up in these costs doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.

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