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Energy firm behind Dakota Access Pipeline sues demonstrators

dapl-signBy David Ward, APTN National News, August 23, 2017

The company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is suing Greenpeace and other organizations it has labeled as “rogue environmental groups and militant individuals.”

Energy Transfer Partners filed the lawsuit with U.S. federal court on August 22.

The company alleges the group of “co-conspirators manufactured and disseminated materially false and misleading information about Energy Transfer and the Dakota Access Pipeline for the purpose of fraudulently inducing donations, interfering with pipeline construction activities and damaging Energy Transfer’s critical business and financial relationships.” Read the rest of this entry

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Breaking: DAPL Approval Illegal, Judge Finds

DAPL construction trenchJudge James Boasberg’s 91-page decision says U.S. Army Corps ‘did not adequately consider’ oil spill impacts; no ruling on whether to keep DAPL operational

Indian Country Media Network,  June 14, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the law in its fast-tracked approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a U.S. District Court Judge in Washington D.C. has ruled. Judge James Boasberg said the Corps did not consider key components of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in granting the Lake Oahe easement under the Missouri River when directed to do so by President Donald Trump shortly after his swearing-in. Read the rest of this entry

Goodbye DAPL: US Bank Will Cease to Fund Oil/Gas Pipelines

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NoDapl Protectors Dangle from the ceiling at the Vikings Bears game, January 1, 2017. Adam Bettcher – Getty Images

US Bank releases new guidelines that are indigenous people friendly

No more Dakota Access Pipelines (DAPL) for U.S. Bank.

The giant bancorporation has just amended its Environmental Responsibility Policy to ban funding oil and gas pipelines.

According to its new guidelines, “The company does not provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines. Relationships with clients in the oil and gas pipeline industries are subject to the Bank’s enhanced due diligence processes.”

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Push to Evict Remaining NoDAPL Water Protectors Intensifies

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Oceti Sakowin camp of water protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on February 16, 2017. Photo by Jenni Monet.

Unseasonably high temperatures fuel increased pressure on water protectors to leave flood plain

Judge rejects Standing Rock request to block Dakota Access pipeline drilling

dapl-signTribes lose challenge to the president’s decision to speed approvals for last stretch of $3.7bn pipeline under Missouri river in North Dakota

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, Feb 13, 2017

A federal judge has rejected a request from indigenous tribes to block drilling of the Dakota Access pipeline, the latest blow to the Standing Rock Sioux after Donald Trump fast-tracked final permits for the last phase of construction.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes challenged the president’s decision last week to speed approvals for the last stretch of the $3.7bn pipeline under the Missouri river in North Dakota. But the US district judge James Boasberg sided with the pipeline corporation at a Washington DC hearing on Monday afternoon and ruled to allow continued construction.

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Sioux tribes launch legal challenges against completion of Dakota Access pipeline

dapl-drill-padDeveloper says work has resumed and pipeline should be operational within 3 months

The Associated Press, Feb 9, 2017

Two Native groups — the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux — have launched last-minute court challenges in an attempt to block final completion of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

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U.S. Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

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The U.S. Army has notified Congress on Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion ($5 billion Canadian) Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. (Tom Stromme / AP)

Construction could still be delayed because the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had led opposition to the pipeline, said it would fight the latest development.

U.S. Army Corps Gives Eviction Notice to Dakota Access Protest Camp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a evacuation order to those protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a statement Friday evening, the Corps said it would close the Oceti Sakowin Camp, which sits on approximately 50 acres of Corps land, on Feb. 22 due to the “high potential for flooding” in the low-lying area.

The land sits at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers, which the Corps says puts it at particular risk of flooding after a winter of record snowfall in the region.

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Anti DAPL Forces Rally in Reaction to Trump Executive Memos

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Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault calls on people to submit comments to the EIS regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline

Two days after President Donald Trump signed memoranda designed to expedite the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and revive the Keystone XL pipeline, the battle lines are being drawn as the public comment period ending on February 20 becomes ever more crucial.

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Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using ‘same model as Standing Rock’

two-rivers-camp-1The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US

by Sam Levin, The Guardian, January 9, 2017

Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water protector” movement is inspiring Native American-led environmental protests across the US. Read the rest of this entry