North Dakota borrows $7M more for pipeline protest costs

FILE - Native Americans march to a burial ground sacred site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline.  (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/CBS NEWS)
FILE - Native Americans march to a burial ground sacred site that was disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/CBS NEWS)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — 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.

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.

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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