CBS News is reporting that Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren says the company wants to reimburse the state of North Dakota and Morton County for expenses related to the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests, but authorities in North Dakota have yet to accept the offer.
I reached out to Governor Dalrymple and Morton County Sheriffs Department to get a statement regarding Mr. Warren's comments that, "authorities in North Dakota have yet to accept the offer," to pay for expenses related to the #NoDAPL protests.
Here is Governor Dalrymple's statement:
The governor’s office has not received an offer from Energy Transfer Partners to reimburse the state or Morton County for expenses. We do believe, however, that the federal government is partially responsible for costs incurred to maintain public safety because of its actions and inactions surrounding the pipeline project, and we will continue to press for federal support.
Here is the statement from Morton County Sheriffs Department:
"For Morton County, this has never been about the pipeline or Energy Transfer Partners. This is not about the protests and their position. This is about the rule of law. Our objective is to isolate unlawful actors from committing unlawful acts. We are here to provide public safety, protect private property, and ensure those who want to peacefully and prayerfully protest have the opportunity to exercise their first amendment rights," said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.
We have heard there has been an informal verbal offer, however Morton County has not responded to Energy Transfer.
I responded to Morton County's statement by asking them what they meant specifically by an "informal offer," and if anyone had spoken with Mr. Warren about his offer. Here is their response to:
The informal request is what we heard while watching the CBS program…nothing more.
After an extensive review and Federal Court approval, yesterday the Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement saying they want more engagement and consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe before they issue the easement to build under Lake Oahe. The easement is the final piece for the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed in North Dakota.
Kelcy Warren told CBS News, “They will not stop our project. That’s naive. They’re not stopping our project.”
The completion of the pipeline seems imminent once Donald Trump becomes president,and in the meantime the Obama administration continues to play politics in our new banana republic.
Mr. Warren will be on Point of View Friday, November 18th at 6:30pm on Valley News Live KX4.