Standing Rock - South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of South Dakota.


From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Dakota Sunshine Law, I hereby request the following records:

Records concerning/pertaining to the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners" created, sent or received by the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources between Aug. 1, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016.

Please include any correspondence, electronic or otherwise, sent or received, between the Department of Environment & Natural Resources and authorities of the following states: South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Additionally, please include correspondence between Department of Environment & Natural Resources and South Dakota state or local law enforcement agencies regarding the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners."

We would also request, if available, expedited review of this request because this information related to impending legal proceedings to which informed members of the public might contribute. Timely public access to these materials is necessary to fully inform the public about the issues surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline and related developments.

As I am submitting this request in my capacity as a professional investigative reporter, I request that you waive all applicable fees associated with the search, review and duplication of any responsive records. You may find a catalogue of my work here: (A letter from my editor at our New York office will be made available upon request.) The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. In the event this request cannot be expedited, I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Dell Cameron
Staff Reporter
p 469-387-1810

Daily Dot
85 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

From: Walsh, Brian

Mr. Cameron,

Attached please find DENR's response to your September 6, 2016 open records request.

Thank you,

Brian J. Walsh
Environmental Scientist III
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre SD 57501