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Covering the Dakota pipeline protests

, by Lauren Easton

As protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline have intensified in North Dakota and across the U.S. over the past few months, AP reporters have been documenting key developments across all formats.

Coverage has included more than 100 enterprise and spot news stories, hundreds of photos, and dozens of video pieces for online and broadcast. AP covered the story leading up to the pipeline’s approval by North Dakota regulators in January, and AP followed with reports on such breaking news as the Environmental Protection Agency’s call for further review of the government’s plans.

People protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline wade in cold creek waters while confronting local police near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Nov. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)

Tom Berman, AP’s editor for the Central region of the U.S., said: “This story has captured the attention and imagination of people from around the globe. And it has become extremely politicized. I’m proud of how our careful and unbiased coverage of the events on the ground have stood in contrast to some of the rumors and misinformation that has been circulating, helping our audience separate fact from fiction.”

In recent months, AP has reported on the Dakota Access pipeline nearly every day, from the protests in North Dakota and elsewhere, to state and government reaction to the demonstrations, to efforts by the state to pay for policing of the protest.

Here are AP highlights:

Dec. 2: New test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

Nov. 27: Sheriff on pipeline protests: ‘My job is to enforce the law’

Nov. 25: Oil pipeline: Trump’s stock in company raises concern

Nov. 21: Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather

Nov. 18: Dakota Access oil pipeline developer won’t consider reroute

Nov. 7: Charges dropped against pair who filmed pipeline protest

Nov. 3: If Dakota Access pipeline were to move, where?

Oct. 31: A look at key players in the Dakota Access pipeline fight

Oct. 30: Money pours in for anti-pipeline protest, but will it last?

Oct. 29: Parallels seen in protests of Dakota pipeline, Oregon refuge

Sept. 16: Protest site a city unto itself

Sept. 5: Oil pipeline protest turns violent in southern North Dakota

Sept. 3: ‘Our cause is just,’ says tribal leader in pipeline protest

Aug. 27: Far-reaching tribal solidarity displayed at pipeline protest

Aug. 18: North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date

Aug. 13: In North Dakota, people vs. oil pipeline protest strengthens

You can follow AP’s coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline here.

A selection of images is available here.

Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson of the Ojibwe Native American tribe leads a song during a traditional water ceremony along the Cannonball River at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)