Pipeline protest costs may exceed $6 million

Oct 12, 2016

North Dakota’s Congressional delegation says it will continue to push for federal reimbursement for costs the state has picked up in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple had asked for at least $6 million, to help pay for extra law enforcement that has been deployed for the protest. But so far, the federal government has not offered any financial help. And Dalrymple said those costs are going up.

North Dakota regulators are objecting to Xcel’s customers in this state paying for a solar project in Minnesota.

"A 718 kilowatt solar facility is being built in Minnesota to comply with some of their mandates," said Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk. "And they would like some of those costs spread to North Dakota customers."

Kalk said Xcel proposed that it would be done through a purchased power adjustment, rather than in a full rate case. He said it isn't a lot of money.

Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has joined the growing number of people arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.


She was arrested Monday for allegedly engaging in a riot and criminal trespass, according to law enforcement in North Dakota’s Morton County. The sheriff’s office says she was on private property at a pipeline construction site with a crowd of more than 100 protesters.


Court Denies Tribe's Pipeline Appeal

Oct 11, 2016

Construction can resume on a controversial stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota after a federal appeals court on Sunday denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction.


The tribe sought to halt work within 20 miles of the Missouri River. Tribal officials claim past construction there destroyed burial grounds.


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Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he has increased patrols in southern Morton County, in response to activities of some of the Dakota Access Pipeline protestors.

Kirchmeier told reporters some of the pipeline protestors have – as he put it – “disdained the rule of law.”

"That has resulted in a heightened level of fear and concerns among our residents," Krichmeier said."And those fears are real."

Kirchmeier said some of the residents have been threatened, intimated and terrorized. He said safety remains the top priority.

Another DAPL protest near St. Anthony

Oct 5, 2016
Courtesy Morton County Sheriff's Department

A large contingent of Dakota Access Pipeline protestors blocked North Dakota Highway 6 near St. Anthony Wednesday afternoon.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tom Iverson was on scene. He said when law enforcement arrived, the protestors were given 10 minutes to clear the highway. He said they agreed, pulling off into ditches on the sides of the road.

Iverson saids some of the protestors were engaging in what he called “intimidation tactics” against law enforcement.

Xcel says it's happy with its drone project

Oct 2, 2016

Xcel Energy said it’s been happy with the results so far of a project – where it is using drones to help find power line problems.

Xcel’s Mark Nisbet said the utility has been involved with the state’s two research universities to see if drones could help Xcel restore power faster to areas that have suffered storm damage.

Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said he’s never experienced anything like it.

He’s talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Kirschmeier says it has taken a lot of manpower -- and hours.

"A lot of times when the Emergency Operations Center is put together, and you call for assistance, it's for a floord, or something of tthat nature," Kirchmeier said. "That only lasts for a certain amount of time. Here, it's the unknown -- how long is it going to last?"

Pipeline Drama Casts Shadow Over Oil Industry

Sep 29, 2016
Amy Sisk



The Obama Administration’s decision to temporarily halt construction on part of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline has the oil industry on edge.

It was evident at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting, where the pipeline protests cast a shadow over an industry struggling amid low oil prices.

John Corley

When the Bakken Formation in Western North Dakota sparked an oil boom, the state received national attention for it. The combination of new drilling techniques and high oil prices created incredible wealth for the state. Even though the boom has subsided, the region still has the capacity to produce a lot of oil. However some oil wells are close to federally protected lands like Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Little Missouri National Grassland.