North Dakota agency defends request for small fine against Dakota Access
The North Dakota Public Service Commission is defending its complaint against Dakota Access Pipeline in connection with the disturbance of a tribal site.
The wealthy backers of the pipeline already admitted that construction crews dug up tribal artifacts and waited 10 days to notify the state. But they have insisted they can't be forced to pay a $15,000 fine because the disturbance was not intentional.
The commission has since responded to the firm's attempt to avoid accountability. A December 16 memo, first reported by the Associated Press, notes that Dakota Access has repeatedly told the public that it has fully complied with applicable laws.