Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC presented a $20,000 check last week to the Lincoln County Emergency Management Department.
Dakota Access Pipeline donated a total of $100,000 to Lake, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner and Lincoln Counties’ Emergency Management Departments; overall, $260,000 was to be donated to the thirteen counties along the pipeline route in South Dakota.
Dakota Access Pipeline released a statement stating they are committed to being a good neighbor, a good business partner and a valued member of South Dakota’s communities. Dakota Access will make similar donations to county emergency management departments across its four-state route, totaling $1 million across 50 counties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
“Our plan in Lincoln County is to involve our first responders from Fire, Law Enforcement, and EMS as well as our dispatch center in the distribution of funds supplied by Dakota Access,” says Harold Timmerman, Emergency Management Coordinator for Lincoln County. “Our commission was very happy to accept this donation and I’m glad Dakota Access is committed to the safety of our community.”
Emergency Managers accepting the check on Wednesday also included Brad Stiefvater of McCook County, Lynn DeYoung of Minnehaha County and Brad Georgeson of Turner County.
Dakota Access Pipeline traverses approximately 73 miles through Lake, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner and Lincoln Counties in South Dakota. Separately, Dakota Access recently donated $15 million to the state of North Dakota to help offset the costs the state incurred for the response to the protests.
The company is also donating to the South Dakota FFA Foundation.