BISMARCK, ND - The Dakota Access Pipeline protests are costing the state millions, and the State Emergency Commission approved a plan Tuesday to borrow even more money.
The total tab for Dakota Access Pipeline protests in North Dakota could reach up to $10 million and that may only get the state to next month.
Costs relating to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have soared in the two months since demonstrations intensified. Now, the state is borrowing even more money to cover the bill.
"We have obligations that will come due that have to be spent. At this point we have $8 million in obligations," says Gen. Al Dohrmann, ND National Guard.
In September, the state borrowed $6 million from the Bank of North Dakota to cover costs, and now the State Emergency Commission has approved a plan to borrow $4 million more.
"Obviously we have to put the money forward as it's needed, and we realize that it's not going to appear as we go," says Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
The new money is expected to get the state through December 1, should protests continue. The state may need to borrow more if demonstrations go on beyond that date.
Dalrymple said he will try and recoup money from everyone involved in the situation.
"But I think the federal government, the [Standing Rock Sioux] Tribe, the company [Dakota Access, LLC] are all good possibilities for significant reimbursement of costs," says Dalrymple.
Members of the committee expressed frustration with the entire situation.
"I can't tell you how disappointed I am of the lack of support from the Obama Administration on an issue that is clearly a federal issue," says Rep. Al Carlson.
It's unclear how much the protests will end up costing the state, but members of the committee hoped the new funds would last until they meet again next month.
Members of the Emergency Commission stated they would keep approving emergency funding as needed to keep everyone involved safe.