After ongoing investigations, Jasper County Sheriff’s office on Monday identified the weekend fires near Reasnor, Iowa as arson by unknown individuals. The fires caused about $2 million in damage to construction equipment along the Dakota Access pipeline route.
Discovered on Saturday night, fires engulfed construction equipment at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site, setting ablaze at least two bulldozers and a backhoe.
The developers of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline stated in an email that it “experienced the intentional burning of construction equipment by unknown individuals. These illegal actions have resulted in millions of dollars in damage.”
Dakota Access have offered a $100,000 reward as of Monday for information that would help lead to an arrest and conviction relating to the fires.
The Dakota Access pipeline, although nearly complete, has been the center of nationally growing protests, sparked by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe that claims the pipeline would contaminate water supply and destroy sacred grounds.
Construction on one section of the pipeline near Lake Oahe in southern North Dakota remains halted as officials review permits for the company to build on the federal land.