North Dakota Offers to Settle Indian Artifacts Complaint Against Energy Transfer

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota regulators offered Monday to settle state allegations that the Dallas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction.The state Public Service Commission last November proposed a fine of at least $15,000 against Energy Transfer Partners, though the commission has the authority under state law to levy fines of up to $200,000.The three-member commission unanimously agreed to offer a settlement under which ETP would make a $15,000 "contribution" to the State Historic Preservation Office or another mutually agreed-upon entity. The company would not have to admit fault, and the matter would be dismissed upon payment of the money.  Continue reading...

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