As of March 6 the cost of the #NoDAPL protests to North Dakota’s state and local governments was over $38 million.

According to the Associated Press, state officials “appear poised to go after the U.S. government” to recoup that costs. The the AP notes that, at one point, Energy Transfer Partners (the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline project) had offered to pay for at least some of the expenses.

In fact, ETP CEO Kelcy Warren said just that to me in an interview back in November (at the time the cost to the local/state governments was estimated at a little over $10 million).

I’ve made this point before, but it is worth repeating: The people at Energy Transfer Partners shouldn’t have to pay those expenses.

They shouldn’t have offered to pay those expenses.

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Nobody should even expect them to pay those expenses.

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