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Authorities: 44 cited, 1 jailed in Iowa pipeline protest

DAPL protest

SANDUSKY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say 44 people were cited and one person was jailed during a weekend protest intended to block construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline in southeast Iowa. Lee County Chief Deputy Sheriff Scott Bonar said Monday that 38 adults were cited for trespassing and released from the county jail after authorities removed them from ...

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Pipeline protest site a city unto itself with school, meals

pipeline protest site, Dakota Access, teepee school

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — Tribal flags, horses, tents, hand-built shelters and teepees dominate one of the biggest, newest communities in North Dakota, built in a valley on federal land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. It’s a semi-permanent, sprawling gathering with a new school for dozens of children and an increasingly organized ...

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Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest

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

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A proud Ho-Chunk Nation member, Bronson Koenig has been speaking out about his Native American heritage since his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, long before public displays of social consciousness by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, soccer player Megan Rapinoe and other NFL players. Like Kaepernick, the senior point guard believes it’s time to put ...

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North Dakota oil output up about 2,375 barrels daily in July

North Dakota oil production, pumpjack

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production increased by about 2,375 barrels a day in July, after dropping by about 20,000 barrels the month before. The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.029 million barrels of oil daily in July, up from 1.027 million barrels in June. North Dakota’s production record was set in ...

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More than 30 oil pipeline protesters arrested in last 2 days

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

ALMONT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in southern North Dakota say more than 30 protesters have been arrested in the last two days at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site north of Almont. The site is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of the main protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Morton County authorities say eight people were arrested ...

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Groups rekindle battle over lesser prairie chicken

lesser prairie chicken,

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fight over a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains is far from over as industry and state officials worried Tuesday that relisting the lesser prairie chicken as a federally protected species could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs for oil and gas developers, renewable energy companies and farmers. The lesser ...

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Judge asked to restore cancelled energy lease in sacred area

Blackfoot Tribe, sacred area, Lewis & Clark National Forest

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Louisiana energy company is asking a federal judge to reverse the cancellation of a 33-year-old oil and gas lease on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada. Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge filed court papers Monday seeking a judgment in the case that’s before U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in ...

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Federal intervention on oil pipeline project unprecedented

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to block a four-state oil pipeline got a lifeline when the federal government temporarily stopped the project, a move some say likely may forever change the way all energy infrastructure projects are reviewed in the future. Just minutes after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt ...

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North Dakota gasoline prices slightly up, averaging $2.26

Vintage gas pumps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gasoline prices in North Dakota have increased during the past week, averaging $2.26 a gallon. GasBuddy.com says average prices Sunday were about 10 cents higher compared to last month, but still more than 19 cents per gallon lower than during the same period a year ago. In the Fargo area, the average gas price per gallon ...

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Analysis: Turf wars steal spotlight from Louisiana coastal issue

Louisiana, coastal wetlands, coastal loss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When a south Louisiana flood board and a few coastal parishes took oil and gas companies to court over coastal wetland loss it looked like a new chapter might be opening in Louisiana: government agencies taking political risks to hold a major industry accountable for environmental damage. Fans of old fashioned Louisiana politics can take heart, ...

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