Dakota Access protest policing costs exceed $22M
January 11, 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million -- an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year.
Protest-related funding decisions will be made by state lawmakers during the 2017 session. Leaders of the House and Senate appropriation committees say more funding will be approved, though the amount and method isn't known.
Rep. Jeff Delzer says state officials also still hope the federal government will help with funding.