Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — President Barack Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at whether there are ways to reroute the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to address the concerns of Native Americans who fear it will desecrate sacred lands and contaminate their water supply if it leaks. The president was asked about intervening in the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline during an interview with online news outlet NowThis, an excerpt of which was aired Tuesday on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Emergency Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 1, to borrow an additional $4 million from the Bank of North Dakota to cover costs related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he hopes it'll be enough to last until December. The money approved Tuesday comes on top of $6 million in borrowing authority approved last month, nearly all of which has been spent.
BISMARCK — A spokesman for the North Dakota Highway Patrol says a case of vandalism involving oil poured on the State Capitol on Halloween night appears to be related to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, as those responsible left a sign saying "You can't drink oil," a popular refrain among protesters. Lt. Tom Iverson said a "decent amount" of motor oil was poured on the sidewalk, limestone walls and windows at about 9:32 p.m. around the entrance of the legislative wing on the west side of the complex.
BISMARCK — A spokesman for one faction of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance said Monday, Oct. 31, that he has left the camp at the request of his tribe's elders. The elders raised concerns after destructive actions, including vehicles being set ablaze, last Thursday as authorities evicted protesters from the pipeline company's property.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard helicopters with water buckets scooped water from the Missouri River on Sunday to extinguish a large grass fire that started overnight just west of the main camp where Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying. A United Nations official also visited the camp Sunday to hear from protesters about their encounters with law enforcement and possible human rights violations. Authorities also were investigating a possible drowning in the Cannonball River between two of the protest camps.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Authorities were investigating a possible drowning Sunday afternoon in the Cannonball River next to one of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps. At least three ambulances and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs responded to the scene in Sioux County on the south side of the river in an area known as the Rosebud camp, across the river from the main Oceti Sakowin camp.
NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Military helicopters with water buckets were used to extinguish a grass fire that started overnight west of the main camp where Dakota Access Pipeline opponents are staying. People at the Oceti Sakowin camp said the fire started around 1:30 a.m. or 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, on a hill across Highway 1806 from the camp entrance. The fire spread to the northwest, away from camp that is just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
BISMARCK — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says a tour Thursday of a controversial segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline route where tribal officials claim sacred sites were desecrated should give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the confidence it needs to issue the final easement for the four-state oil pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.
BISMARCK — The special prosecutor who tried unsuccessfully to charge "Democracy Now!" reporter Amy Goodman with rioting for her role in a Dakota Access Pipeline protest said Thursday, Oct. 20, he wouldn't respond to a Washington Post blogger's column saying he's unfit for office and should be sanctioned. But McLean County State's Attorney Ladd Erickson continued to challenge the notion that Goodman was acting as a journalist when she was present for a Sept. 3 clash between pipeline protesters and private security guards at a construction site in southern Morton County.
BISMARCK — The Democratic-NPL candidate for lieutenant governor is criticizing her Republican counterpart for declining to participate in a debate before the Nov. 8 election. State Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford, who is running with Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla on the Dem-NPL ticket, said both she and Libertarian Party candidate Marty Riske's running mate, Joshua Voytek of Fargo, accepted an invitation to participate in an Oct. 18 debate at the University of Mary in Bismarck.