BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota leaders will borrow an additional $7 million to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the ongoing protest of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.
About the DAPL protestSeattle Times reporter Lynda V. Mapes and photographer Alan Berner traveled to North Dakota to cover the protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Here are recent stories to help you understand the conflict:
- Background stories: Here's a primer on the pipeline project, including the key players on all sides, a brief history of broken treaty promises and a closer look at the courtroom battle. And here's what we're reading related to the controversy.
- Nov. 21: Washington tribes urge that Obama stop, reroute Dakota Access Pipeline
- Nov. 14: Dakota Access Pipeline put on hold as government studies tribe’s concerns
- Nov. 12: Hundreds rally in Tacoma against Dakota Access Pipeline
- Nov. 2: Obama says Army Corps is looking at an alternative pipeline route.
- Oct. 28: New standoff ebbs without violence.
- Live updates from from Seattle Times journalists on the scene Oct. 26, Oct. 27 and Oct. 28.
- Oct. 25: Tribes in Washington state call on President Obama to improve federal consultations over infrastructure projects.
- Oct. 24: Citing treaty claim, protesters occupy land a rancher recently sold to pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners.
- Oct. 19: The Standing Rock council votes to let protesters use tribal land near the occupation site for shelter during the brutal winter.
- Oct. 18: Northwest tribes' victories over fossil-fuel projects inspire pipeline protesters.
- Jerry Large: Dakota Access Pipeline fight is a product of ignored rights.
- Read more Seattle Times stories about Standing Rock.
- See photos from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
The state’s Emergency Commission voted Wednesday to borrow the funds from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The commission is headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
The group earlier approved $10 million in emergency spending.
Officials say the new loan should cover the state’s cost of policing protests over the $3.8 billion pipeline through December.
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Dalrymple says requests for reimbursement from the federal government have been unsuccessful.
Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners says it made an offer to reimburse the state for policing costs. Dalrymple says he is not aware of an offer and it’s unclear whether the state could legally accept it.