DAPL Update: Pipeline Company Donates ‘Influence Money’ to North Dakota First Responders; a Disappointing Court Decision; and Charges Against Journalist Dismissed

It’s been a while since we have written on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL); here are a few updates.

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First, Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind DAPL, is donating $140,000 to North Dakota first responders. I am not quite sure what to call this. At a minimum, it’s influence money. It almost feels like legal bribery for future aid. Whatever you call it, it stinks. If first responders are supposed to treat everyone impartially, these kinds of donations mess up the equation and create favorites.

KFRY TV in Bismarck, ND, reported that Energy Transfer Partners representatives hand delivered $20,000 each to the seven counties DAPL crosses, money meant for their first responders.

“And now we want to go into each county and let them know how grateful we are. We know everyone has worked hard and has been patient through this whole process and we are so grateful,” said Dakota Access Pipeline spokesperson Lisa Dillinger.

KSFY, an ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls, SD, reports that Energy Transfer Partners donated $65,000 for agricultural education, spread among the 13 South Dakota counties crossed by DAPL.

To make matters worse, on top of the influence it buys, Energy Transfer Partners probably also gets a charitable donation tax write-off.

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