Energy Transfer Partners Report Coordinated Attacks at DAPL Construction Site

The sheriff there says the above-ground valve is protected with a barbed wire fence, but that didn't stop someone from getting in. The vandalism was discovered March 13. There was a similar complaint on March 17 about a section in South Dakota's Lincoln County, AP reported.

Pipeline 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, but did not provide any further details. State officials in the Dakotas and Iowa on Tuesday said they were not aware of any pipeline attacks in their states.

A sheriff in Iowa said there was an incident of vandalism earlier this month on the pipe at an above-ground safety valve. He says the site had no fencing or other security.

No injuries were reported and no one has been arrested in either disturbance.

"That is not something we plan to provide", Granado said. Local and state officials are investigating and have notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There is no set timeline for removing the last officers and structures, but Keller and state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong indicated it's likely to happen soon after oil begins flowing through the pipeline.

The almost 9-mile (14-km) stretch of highway was closed in October when Native Americans and environmental activists descended on the area in an effort to force the rerouting of the multibillion-dollar pipeline away from a lake upstream from the reservation.

Late last week, authorities began allowing traffic with the assistance of pilot cars escorting vehicles over the 9-mile stretch near the site where pipeline opponents camped for months. The camps of self-proclaimed "water protectors" have largely cleared, lowering the chance for more of the large-scale protests in North Dakota, where police and demonstrators had clashed repeatedly since last summer.

The Red Warrior Society, a pipeline protest group that advocated aggressive tactics such as confrontations with pipeline security and police in North Dakota past year, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

Activists who tried to disrupt oil pipeline operations in four states to protest the Dakota Access pipeline say they are not responsible for any of the attacks.

Questions arose about possible attacks on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline after company attorneys filed a heavily redacted status report Monday that said the project had been targeted by vandals.

ETP officials have accused protesters multiple times of damaging company property and attacking workers during months of confrontations.

Jay O'Hara, a spokesman with Climate Disobedience Center, told reporters the group wasn't involved in any attacks against the pipeline.

Investigators are trying to figure out who damaged a safety check valve along the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • Leroy Wright