The Latest: Trump holds Dakota Access pipeline company stock

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

Financial disclosures show GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump owns stock in the company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline across the Midwest.

Trump’s 2016 federal disclosure forms, filed in May, show he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

That’s down from stock listed at between $500,000 and $1 million in his form a year earlier.

Trump’s disclosure form also shows he holds between $100,000 and $250,000 in Phillips 66 stock, which has a one-quarter share of Dakota Access.

Campaign contribution disclosures show that Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren donated $3,000 to Trump’s campaign, plus $100,000 to a committee supporting Trump’s candidacy, as well as $66,800 to the Republican National Committee.

Trump’s stake and the donations were first reported Wednesday by The Guardian.


12 p.m.

Law enforcement officials have asked people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota to vacate an encampment on private land, and the protesters said no.

Authorities with county sheriff’s offices, the state Highway Patrol and the National Guard asked protesters to move off the site owned by pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners. About 100 protesters who were blocking a state highway near the camp refused, and the authorities left.

Protesters are trying to halt construction of the pipeline they fear will harm cultural sites and drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux. They moved onto the private land last weekend. It’s near the main protest camp, where hundreds have gathered for months.

State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong won’t comment on any plans to physically remove the protesters from the private land.


11:30 a.m.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is supporting protesters in southern North Dakota who are opposing the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

The civil rights activist flew into Bismarck on Wednesday and travelled to the protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Jackson says he’s supporting both the tribe and the rights of indigenous people. He says he came “to pray together, protest together and if necessary go to jail together.”

Protests supporting the tribe’s opposition to the pipeline have been ongoing for months, with more than 260 people arrested. Opponents hope to block completion of the 1,172-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois that they fear could harm cultural sites and drinking water for the Standing Rock Reservation.

Developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline will be safe.


11:10 a.m.

Activists protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota say they believe law enforcement officers are planning to take action soon to remove them from private land owned by the pipeline company.

Protester Mekasi Camp Horinek said Wednesday that activists “are going to hold this spot,” and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has put five ambulances on standby.

Protesters moved last weekend onto the private land just north of the main protest camp, which is on federal land. They’re hoping to block completion of the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline that they fear could harm cultural sites and drinking water for the tribe.

Energy Transfer Partners, which is building the pipeline, said Tuesday that the protesters are trespassing and that “lawless behaviour will not be tolerated.”

State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong wouldn’t comment Wednesday on any plans to remove the protesters.


10:45 a.m.

Investigators say private security guards with dogs who were involved in a clash with Dakota Access pipeline protesters weren’t licensed to do security work in North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Gruebele released a statement Wednesday saying results of his office’s investigation have been forwarded to prosecutors for consideration of misdemeanour charges.

The clash occurred Sept. 3, after construction crews removed topsoil from private land that protesters believe contained Native American burial and cultural sites. The state and pipeline company dispute that any sacred grounds have been disturbed.

Authorities said four security guards and two guard dogs were injured. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says protesters reported that six people were bitten by security dogs, and at least 30 people were pepper-sprayed.

The pipeline company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.


10:20 a.m.

Nearly all of the $6 million in emergency funding earmarked for law enforcement costs related to the Dakota Access pipeline protest in North Dakota has been used up.

The state’s Emergency Commission approved the money in late September, but North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says nearly $5.8 million has already been used.

The department will ask for more money, though Fong didn’t immediately know how much or when.

The money is borrowed from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota and will need to be paid back with interest. The Emergency Services Department will ask the Legislature to do so next year.

Protests supporting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s opposition to the pipeline have been ongoing for months, with more than 260 people arrested so far.