The Latest: North Dakota wants $4M loan for protest costs

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Latest on protesters trying to halt construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota (all times local):

6:40 a.m.

A legislative committee will review an emergency request to borrow more money from the Bank of North Dakota to cover the cost of law enforcement related to the protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The state’s Emergency Commission, headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, will vote Tuesday on whether to borrow $4 million from the state-owned bank.

The panel borrowed $6 million from the bank in September and officials say that money already has been used to cover law enforcement costs.

North Dakota officials have asked federal officials to reimburse the state for the additional law enforcement costs.



Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline are increasingly divided over how to stop the project.

Older demonstrators argue for peaceful protest centred on prayer, but younger activists are pushing for more militant and aggressive tactics.

The differences came to a head last week after law enforcement officers in riot gear forced hundreds of protesters off an encampment on private property, prompting some demonstrators to torch three vehicles on a bridge.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a spiritual leader of the Great Sioux Nation, told The Associated Press on Monday that leaders of seven tribal nations are deciding whether they will meet with representatives from the pipeline’s operator, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Looking Horse said tribal leaders would want any meeting to be on neutral ground. He said a meeting Wednesday in Bismarck is being discussed.