November 30, 2016 1:53 pm
Updated: November 30, 2016 2:05 pm

North Dakota borrows $7M for continued efforts against Dakota Access pipeline protesters

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BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota leaders have approved an emergency request to borrow an additional $7 million to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the ongoing protest of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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The state’s Emergency Commission voted Wednesday to borrow the funds from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. The commission is a panel of state officials and lawmakers headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple that handles emergency funding requests when the Legislature isn’t in session.

The group earlier approved $10 million in emergency spending.

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Officials say the new loan should cover the state’s cost of policing protests over the $3.8 billion pipeline through December.

North Dakota and local governments have shouldered most of the expenses. Dalrymple says requests for reimbursement from the federal government have been unsuccessful so far.

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