Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Company, LLC v. United States of America et al

  1. January 30, 2024

    Feds, Tesoro Question Landowners' Bid To Join Pipeline Fight

    The U.S. government has told a North Dakota federal judge that tribal landowners' push to join a pipeline fight with Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Co. LLC may be premature, while the company said it threatens to turn its litigation against the government "into a circus."

  2. January 10, 2024

    Native Owners Again Seek To Intervene In ND Pipeline Row

    A group of North Dakota tribal landowners with property alongside a gas and oil pipeline are asking a federal district court to allow them to intervene in litigation over right of way trespassing claims through the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, saying the federal government is only trying to protect its own interests in forthcoming breach of trust claims against it.

  3. November 08, 2023

    Judge Severs Feds' Counterclaim In Pipeline Trespassing Row

    A North Dakota federal judge said he's hitting pause on a trespassing counterclaim the U.S. Department of the Interior lodged against a Marathon Petroleum Corp. unit in response to its lawsuit challenging the department's decision to vacate a string of orders related to its pipeline right of way on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

  4. August 09, 2023

    ND Judge Says Tribal Landowners Can't Join Pipeline Fight

    A Marathon Petroleum Corp. unit's fight with the U.S. government over a right-of-way decision affecting one of its pipelines would "enormously expand" and become unnecessarily complicated if a group of 85 Native American landowners is allowed to intervene, a North Dakota federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  5. October 25, 2022

    Feds Defend Trespass Claim Against Marathon Petroleum Unit

    The U.S. government told a North Dakota federal judge it is within its rights to pursue a trespassing counterclaim against the operator of a shut-down segment of pipeline whose right-of-way agreement to cross 15 miles of tribal land expired nearly a decade ago.

  6. September 26, 2022

    Pipeline Co. Says Feds Can't Countersue For Trespassing

    An oil pipeline operator says the U.S. government cannot accuse it of trespassing on tribal land in North Dakota as part of litigation in which the company seeks to maintain access to that area, telling a federal judge that the counterclaim is an invalid response to its "narrowly tailored" suit.

  7. February 09, 2022

    Feds Hit ND Pipeline Co. With Trespass, Damages Claim

    The fight over a North Dakota pipeline company's expired right of way through the Fort Berthold Reservation land heated up this week when the federal government filed a counterclaim for willful trespass, saying the company must reach a deal to pay the tribe or else face a demand for compensatory damages.

  8. February 02, 2022

    DOI Says It Can Vacate Marathon Unit's Pipeline Right Of Way

    The U.S. Department of the Interior urged a North Dakota federal court to reject a Marathon Petroleum Corp.-owned company's request for a preliminary injunction against the federal agency to stop it from vacating right-of-way decisions for its oil pipeline.