Yesterday Gov. Doug Burgum unveiled a new website designed to “inform” North Dakotans about the controversial Dakota Access pipeline and other “major events.”
NDResponse.gov will provide information during events that have a “significant impact on the public and involve multi-agency responses,” Burgum said in a news conference at the state Capitol. As of Wednesday afternoon, it showcased information on the monthslong protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline and potential spring flooding.
The website features a lists of “myths” about the state’s involvement in the protests. Here’s one example:
Myth: Law enforcement fired water cannons on peaceful protesters.
Fact: Water hoses, not cannons were used to keep distance between officers and the criminal agitators, and to put out fires set by the agitators.
Water hose/cannon — honestly, what the fuck is the difference? Both the Bismarck Tribune and the Washington Post used the term ” water cannons” in their reports. Here’s how the Post reported the spraying in late November:
Tensions over the Dakota Access oil pipeline flared again Sunday when North Dakota law enforcement used water cannons to disperse a group of about 400 protesters trying to move past a barricaded bridge toward construction sites for the project. As temperatures in Cannon Ball, N.D., dropped into the 20s, police in riot gear sprayed activists with a hose mounted atop an armored vehicle and formed a line to prevent them from advancing up the road, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Protesters also reported being pelted with rubber bullets, tear gas and concussion grenades during the standoff, which lasted until late Sunday night.
NDResponse.gov: the website you have no reason to visit unless you enjoy being spoon-fed PR by the state.
By the way, the site comes with a couple disclaimers:
- “neither the State of North Dakota, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the State of North Dakota warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published”
- “The State of North Dakota makes every effort to provide virus-free files but does not guarantee uncorrupted files”
So it could be wrong, and you could get a virus. Thanks, Doug.