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Dalrymple at Odds with Sioux Tribe Over Pipeline

by Elizabeth Alford on August 24, 2016

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple took action last week against the mounting protests in his state over the Dakota Access Pipeline by issuing an emergency declaration for southwest and south central North Dakota.

Related: Dakota Access Pipeline Concerns

 Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II came out in opposition of the governors actions, saying is will hurt the tribe’s economy.

“I wish he had consulted with the tribe before making (the) declaration, because the tribe has its hand extended in the spirit of partnership and cooperation,” Archambault said. “We look upon this situation as an opportunity to work together.”

Dalrymple characterized the protests as  ‘significant public safety concerns’ when up to 1500 people  gathered where the pipeline is scheduled to cross the Missouri River, near Cannonball and hundreds more marched on the state capital. At least 29 arrested during recent demonstrations.

Demonstrators are concerned over the proposed 1,172-mile pipeline designed to connect the Bakken and Three Forks production areas to Patoka, Illinois, transporting approximately 470,000 barrels of crude per day. Concerns range from how the pipeline will degrade topsoil to contamination of the river, which is primary source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Supporters believe that more pipelines are needed in order to reduce the high use of rail and truck transportation to move the highly flammable Bakken crude oil.

If protests continue, the resources needed by local officials to provide safety could cost from $750,000 to $1 million.

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