The Latest: Thanksgiving meal set for pipeline protesters
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (all times local):
About 75 people from around the country are planning to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 2,000 protesters who are demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.
The group is to include actress-activists Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley. The meal is set for late Thursday afternoon at a school in Fort Yates, which is near a camp where hundreds of protesters have gathered for months.
Fort Yates is on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The tribe opposes the $3.8 billion pipeline that will skirt its reservation as it carries North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois.
Opponents fear the pipeline will harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that and says the pipeline will be safe.
North Dakota’s Emergency Services department will be seeking another $7 million in emergency borrowing to fund law enforcement costs related to ongoing protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says officials will request the additional funding from the state Emergency Commission on Nov. 30.
The commission is a panel of state officials and lawmakers headed by the governor that handles emergency funding requests when the Legislature isn’t in session. The group earlier approved $10 million in emergency spending.
The money is being borrowed from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota.
Fong says state costs have reached more than $11.8 million. Morton County also has spent more than $8 million policing protests, and county officials have said they might apply for reimbursement from the state.
A New York woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline is improving in a Minneapolis hospital.
A spokeswoman for Hennepin County Medical Center says 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky has been upgraded from serious to satisfactory condition.
Wilansky was injured when something exploded during a violent clash between protesters and police late Sunday and early Monday near the main protest camp along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota.
Protesters and Wilansky’s father say she was injured by a concussion grenade thrown by police. Authorities say she was hurt by a small propane tank that protesters had rigged to explode.
North Dakota’s state crime bureau and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.
North Dakota’s governor and congressional delegation are pressuring President Barack Obama to pave the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline.
Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer sent a letter Wednesday to Obama imploring him to authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the pipeline’s crossing under the Missouri River in North Dakota.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she also pressed the White House this week to intervene.
The crossing is the final large segment of the $3.8 billion pipeline, which will carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. The work is delayed while the Corps consults with the Standing Rock Sioux, who oppose the project.
Obama raised the possibility of rerouting the pipeline earlier this month.
This item has been corrected to correct Heitkamp to U.S. senator instead of U.S. representative.