Update: Equipment Arson Strikes Iowa Pipeline Protests

October 16, 2016

In a news release Monday, Oct. 17, Dakota Access LLC said intentional burning of construction equipment has caused millions of dollars in damages. Arson was reported at a Dakota Access site in Iowa on Saturday.

Dakota Access and contractor Precision Pipeline said the companies are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists who burned the equipment.  Dakota Access established a vandalism hotline for information related to pipeline vandalism. The number is  (855) 430-4491.

More than 50 protesters briefly stopped construction at Dakota Access pipeline worksites Saturday in west central Iowa, and two were arrested.

The Des Moines Register reports 50 protesters from the Bold Iowa and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement groups stopped equipment working on the Dakota Access pipeline construction in  west central Iowa.

Several people stopped a bulldozer at one location and several other pieces of equipment at another location. Two protesters were arrested for standing in front of trucks carrying pipes to the site. 

The groups protested in support of the 300 tribes and indigenous nations continue to peacefully protest the Dakota Access pipeline being built by Energy Transfer Partners from North Dakota to Illinois.