Dakota Access Pipeline

Pipes for Keystone XL Pipeline.
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A federal judge in Great Falls today heard arguments in a lawsuit to overturn federal approval for the Keystone XL pipeline to cross from Alberta into Montana.

Oceti Sakowin camp, as seen from "Media Hill," where MTPR's Nicky Ouelette spoke to News Director Eric Whitney earlier today.
Nicky Ouellet

MTPR’s Nicky Ouellet has been in North Dakota this week, covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest for Inside Energy. Earlier today, Eric Whitney spoke with her about her experience there.

Jacob Brooks of Ann Arbor, MI works on one of the many "tarpees" erected in the camp, a winter dwelling developed by Paul Cheyok'ten Wagner.
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President-elect Donald Trump indicated for the first time on Thursday that he supports completion of the Dakota Access pipeline. Protesters have been camped out at the construction site in North Dakota for months, and now winter has arrived, dumping almost two feet of snow on the encampment this past week.

The two-day deluge drove out some of the fairer-weather protesters, but most are gearing up to stay.  All are waiting to see what happens on Monday, the deadline set by the Army Corps of Engineers for protesters to leave federal land.

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters backed off from another potential confrontation with law enforcement Monday afternoon. The two sides had already clashed late Sunday night into early this morning, reportedly leaving several people injured.

"It’s getting real over here once again," says David Yelloweyes of Lame Deer, MT.

Blackfeet Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Devon Energy CEO David Hager sign a ceremonial document at the Department of Interior Headquarters in Washington DC, Wednesday morning, as Blackfeet leadership stand behind
U.S. Department of the Interior

The United States Department of the Interior has announced a negotiated settlement with an energy company that cancels 15 of the remaining oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area just east of Glacier National Park.