Williston, ND (KEYZ) Back in town today, Mayor Howard Klug and the Williston delegation invited to Washington for a meeting with Trump administration officials on North Dakota & Wyoming last week, and the challenges our state faces, in particular as we achieve Energy Independence. Mayor Klug says he met with members of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s office, who pledged their support.
“We told them, ‘we can’t have another DAPL incident down there”, says Klug referring to the near two year long protests against the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline in Morton County. “For example the state of North Dakota spent 40 some million dollars policing and taking care of this DAPL incident, and that (pipeline) benefit’s the nation, so my question is, ‘Are we going to be supported?’ and the answer was yes.”
Although the answer was in the affirmative, there were no specific’s given as to how that support would come says Klug.
“Hopefully, when a pipeline needs to cross somewhere else, safely. We’ll get some support, I mean, DAPL was a serious incident to the point where (domestic) terrorists threatened to go into neighboring towns like Bismarck and burn down buildings and hotels,” says Klug.
The mayor says Trump administration officials told the delegation that they understood the impact the current trade difficulties are having on the agricultural sector in North Dakota, but stressed that it was only temporary and asked farmers to be patient and give the President’s policies a chance to work. In the meantime the administration would financially help out those negatively impacted.