Vandalism reported on Dakota Access Pipeline

Vandalism reported on Dakota Access Pipeline

The company building the Dakota Access pipeline said Monday that the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent "coordinated physical attacks" along the line. There was a similar complaint on March 17 about a section in South Dakota's Lincoln County, AP reported.

"That is not something we plan to provide", Granado said.

They say it looks like someone used a blow torch to damage the valve on March 15.

Dakota Access developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that there have been "coordinated physical attacks" along the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota to IL. The site is protected by a security fence with razor wire, but it appears the suspect crawled under a gap beneath the gate, he said. Company officials haven't responded to AP requests for more details.

The efforts haven't been effective, and, in addition, the current administration is supportive of the Dakota Access Pipeline and other energy projects.

"These coordinated attacks will not stop line-fill operations", Dakota Access attorneys wrote in its report.

Local, state and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating the incidents.

Jay O'Hara with the Climate Disobedience Center said Climate Direct Action wasn't involved, and he wasn't aware of anyone claiming responsibility for the vandalism.

Jan Hasselman and Nicole Ducheneaux, attorneys for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, who are leading the legal battle against the pipeline, said the tribes don't encourage or condone acts of violence against pipeline property. The camps were cleared out and shut down late last month in advance of spring flooding season.

Rob Keller, a spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff's Department, said North Dakota agencies have not been notified of any vandalism or threats to the pipeline route.

No oil was flowing through the pipes, but if there had been, the consequences could have been disastrous, said Brigham A. McCown, former acting administrator of the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

Five activists affiliated with the group were arrested in October for trying to shut down a pipeline bringing in oil from Canada, but their modus operandi wasn't the same.

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