North Dakota borrows $7M more for pipeline protest costs

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota leaders have approved an emergency request to 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.

The state’s Emergency Commission voted Wednesday to borrow the funds from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The commission is a panel of state officials and lawmakers headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple that handles emergency funding requests when the Legislature isn’t in session.

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.

North Dakota and local governments have shouldered most of the expenses. Dalrymple says requests for reimbursement from the federal government have been unsuccessful so far.

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  • Sr

    This pipeline has had 292 oil spills within 2 years. The land/ water protectors are doing nothing more then protecting the land. The pipeline will not be finished and you should be taking your emergency money loan and find a cleaner more safer method for Mother Earth. STOP exploiting the earth of all her resources.

    • Buzzell Gordon

      If you dont like oil pipeline and wish for them to be gone, buddy, you better start walking and forget that fancy gadget you are holding in you hand, 80% percent of the goods today are made from plastics.