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Protesters set up camp in project’s path for the 1st time

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — American Indians and others who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline have set up a new camp on private land in North Dakota, moving their long-running protest directly in the project’s path for the first time. Many of those gathered at the encampment Monday vowed they would stay put until the four-state ...

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Researchers: Limits on drilling not enough to protect sage grouse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University reached the conclusion after examining the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a ...

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Arson suspected in latest Dakota Access pipeline fire

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REASNOR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect arson in the latest burning of heavy equipment being used in the construction of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline in central Iowa. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the blaze late Saturday near Reasnor, Iowa, caused about $2 million damage to an excavator and three bulldozers. The equipment is operated by a contractor for ...

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Judge drops charge against ‘Democracy Now’ reporter

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — “Democracy Now!” reporter Amy Goodman won’t face a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, with a judge saying Monday that there was no cause for it. Judge John Grinsteiner refused to sign off on the misdemeanor riot charge, which prosecutor Ladd Erickson ...

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Hotline set up to help farmers affected by pipeline protests

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department has set up a hotline to help farmers and ranchers south of the Bismarck-Mandan area who’ve been affected by protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Many producers need to finish seasonal work before winter sets in, and they’re having problems trying to find willing truck drivers and custom silage-chopping services, Agriculture ...

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Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The ...

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North Dakota taps Wisconsin deputies for Dakota Access help

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say Wisconsin is lending law enforcement resources to authorities responding to the Dakota Access pipeline protests. Officials said Friday that Wisconsin will provide up to 40 sworn sheriffs’ deputies from Dane County and the surrounding area to support the Morton County Sheriff’s Office in North Dakota. Officers will assist for up to 21-day ...

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