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Green Party candidate faces charges in graffiti protest

Green Party candidate Jill Stein, DAPL pipeline protest

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say they will charge Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Tuesday that Stein will face trespassing and vandalism charges. A spokeswoman for Stein says activists invited her to leave a message ...

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Judge grants partial stop on North Dakota pipeline work

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American Indian tribe succeeded Tuesday in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline, but its broader request still hangs in the balance. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop betweenNorth Dakota’s State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of ...

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Corps won’t oppose tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers won’t oppose the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s request for a temporary work stoppage on part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe has requested a halt to the construction of a 2-mile stretch of the pipeline near Lake Oahe, North Dakota, to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites. ...

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Amidst protests, Energy Transfer sells shares of Bakken Pipeline

On Monday South Dakota regulators approved the construction permit for the Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline.

In the midst of protests across North Dakota and Iowa in recent weeks, Energy Transfer Partners  (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics (SXL) announced an agreement to sell 36.76% of the Bakken Pipeline Project, according to Iowa’s Chronicle Times on August 31. The two companies have agreed to sell their shares to MarEn Bakken Company LLC, jointly owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation ...

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Company vows to continue crew camp battle in Williston

The city commission's decision to end Williston crew camps will likely face a legal battle. (Image: Tim Whitlow via Flickr)

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — As companies face a Thursday deadline to stop operating oil field crew camps in Williston, one is promising that the fight will continue. Target Logistics has issued a statement saying the city’s order to close the camps “represents economic protectionism at its worst,” and that a federal lawsuit against the city will continue. Targets Logistics, Halliburton ...

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The Latest: Retrofitting Montana power plant would be costly

Colstrip, coal-fired power plant

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Montana’s Colstrip power plant. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Federal officials say retrofitting Montana’s largest coal-fired power plant to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions would cost at least $1.2 billion. Representatives of the Department of Energy presented that finding to Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday ...

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Man accused of stealing oil patch explosives signs plea deal

Tyler Porter, explosives

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his western North Dakota home has signed a plea agreement with the government, according to federal court documents released Wednesday. Authorities accuse Tyler Porter, 35, of stealing more than 200 explosives from two companies operating in the North Dakota oil patch ...

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Pipeline company seeks restraining order against protesters

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The company building an oil pipeline across Iowa is asking a federal judge to issue a restraining order against two protest groups and their leaders. Dakota Access filed the action in Des Moines on Monday against Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Bold Iowa and their directors including former state lawmaker Ed Fallon, who leads Bold ...

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Over 10K gallons of oil-saltwater mixture spills by Fryburg

oil, saltwater spill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Health says about 10,710 gallons of an oil and water mixture has spilled in Billings County. The spill happened Friday at a site almost five miles southwest of Fryburg. The spill resulted from a tank leak at a site operated by Texas-based Denbury Onshore LLC. The agency estimates about 9,240 gallons ...

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Far-reaching tribal solidarity displayed at pipeline protest

Dakota Access, Pipeline Protest

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles away from North Dakota have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream. About 30 people have been ...

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