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Clean energy groups on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota and Red Lake reservation in Minnesota were awarded $6.7 million in federal funding to build out electric vehicle infrastructure in the tribal communities.
From the column: "For every well-publicized critic who claims a connection to the communities in the vicinity of the pipeline, there are likely several overlooked supporters."
From the column: "Opponents choose to ignore the science and facts around the need for infrastructure, the extensive permitting and approval process, and the impressive safety record of modern pipelines in favor of ideology and rhetoric, with no apparent regard for the law."
These organizations plan for the arrests. They plan for the activities that will lead to the arrests. They force law enforcement into a quandary, forced to choose between allowing activists to trespass and harass and disrupt with impunity, or make mass arrests that will almost certainly be portrayed negatively.

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In a much-anticipated federal court hearing on Friday, April 9, attorneys from the Department of Justice and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they have not made up their minds on what to do about the embattled North Dakota pipeline, likely leaving its fate in the hands of a federal judge.
If you haven’t followed every turn in the Dakota Access Pipeline's federal court hearings, here's an up-to-date primer on the years-long pipeline saga.
From the column: "It’s not that the work was inadequate, nor the decision incorrect, only that a piece was missing."
The letter, signed by more than 200 people including Indigenous leaders and activists and celebrities, calls on the administration to stop DAPL during a court-ordered environmental review of its effects on land near the Standing Rock Reservation.
Environmentalists see Biden as an ally in the battle to wean the United States off fossil fuels and stymie imports of carbon-intensive heavy crude from Canada's vast oil sands. They are intensifying efforts to shut three other pipelines: Enbridge Inc's Line 3 and Line 5, and Energy Transfer's Dakota Access Pipeline.
In his Aug. 18 column in the News Tribune (In Response: “ Plan for a 'just transition' includes replacing Line 3”), Paul Eberth, Enbridge’s director of tribal engagement, conceded that, yes, climate change is a “legitimate concern.” So, too,178,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. could be minimized as a “legitimate concern.” I choose to call both crises “threats to humankind.” Eberth even acknowledged a need for a transition to alternative energy supplies but cautioned that conventional energy cannot be shut down anytime soon.

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NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Energy Transfer LP expects to have expanded capacity available on its embattled Dakota Access crude oil pipeline by the third quarter of next year, it said on Tuesday in a presentation to investors.
BISMARCK — Operators of the Dakota Access oil pipeline received momentary relief Tuesday, July 14, after a federal appeals court temporarily froze a lower court's order for the pipeline to shut down by Aug. 5.
The original $3.8 billion pipeline project, which crosses under the Missouri River near the tribe's reservation, prompted protests from tribal members and climate activists in 2016 and 2017.

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