Dakota Access LLC donates $15 million to help reimburse DAPL protest costs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Doug Burgum says Dakota Access LLC has donated $15 million to North Dakota's Department of Emergency Services to help reimburse the state for the money it spent responding to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

The donation was wired to the Bank of North Dakota Thursday and will be used to pay down the loans taken out the Department of Emergency Services (DES).

The state has approved $43 million in Bank of North Dakota loans for costs associated with the pipeline protests, including $40 million for DES and a $3 million loan for DES to reimburse Morton County for costs.

This week, the state Emergency Commission and the Legislature’s Budget Section voted to accept a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to reimburse North Dakota for law enforcement support costs associated with the pipeline protests.