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Uncovered Emails Raise Suspicions of Oil Company Paying Police for DAPL Crackdown

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December 5 will be a fateful day in the saga of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests, as the Army Corps of Engineers announced they will close all lands north of the Cannonball River, which includes the Oceti Sakowin protest camp.

We can expect that the camp will be forcibly cleared and protesters evicted by the same militarized police forces – and possibly National Guard – that have been acting as protection services for Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind DAPL.

What makes this even more concerning is that veterans, possibly numbering in the hundreds, have committed to join the protests on Dec. 5-7 to stop DAPL and defend water protectors. They are organizing “like a military unit” and say they are prepared to take a bullet, rubber or otherwise.


This peculiar situation begs the question: how are all these expensive deployments being paid for?

It appears that at least some police departments are expecting to get reimbursed by the oil company, which would make them nothing more than mercenaries.

Unicorn Riot has obtained emails from the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which call for an investigation into the money trail enabling the militarized police crackdown at DAPL. One email from the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Department, which lends their MRAP armored vehicles for use by SWAT teams, states the following:

“I’ll ultimately be paid by the oil people dealing with the protests. I’m guessing when all of that is finally over and the dust settles, the oil company is going to want all the paperwork for reimbursement. I figured I should have some formal form instead of writing hours on a napkin (smiley face). Thanks.” – Tyler Falk”

Unicorn Riot notes there is no direct evidence of Energy Transfer Partners or other private companies actually paying police departments, and a spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services stated, “ETP [Energy Transfer Partners] has not provided funding to any law enforcement agency or state agencies.”

However, an interview with the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners earlier this month raises even more suspicion in light of the emails. CBS reporter Mark Alpert stated the following from an interview with CEO Kelsy Warren:

“Warren told us the company wants to reimburse the state of North Dakota and Morton County for millions spent so far for protests and security, but that authorities have not yet accepted his offer.”



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This shouldnt be a surprise.  The oil companies pay local and state taxes, the lobbyist money for the local government's, and the royalty and easement fee's they already pay to land owners.

So whats a few more million to pay for what you want.

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