DES to request additional $7 million for DAPL response

North Dakota Emergency Commission members began the month of November by approving state funds for addressing law enforcement costs relating to Dakota Access Pipeline protests and it will end the month on the same note.

Commission members, on Wednesday, will be facing a request to increase a line of credit by $7 million. If approved, that would bring the total amount of money available to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services to $17 million.

DES spokeswoman Cecily Fong said, as of this week, more than $11.8 million has been spent to address the ongoing protest movement in southern Morton County.

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline have argued that, if the pipeline goes under the Missouri River less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation boundary as planned, it could endanger the water supply for millions of people.

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