Remember the site of Dakota Access pipeline security’s dog and pepper spray attacks on trespassing protestors on September 3? The owner of that land, David Meyer, has sold his ranch to Dakota Access builder Energy Transfer Partners:
A phone call to David Meyer confirmed the sale. He didn’t want to go into detail, but did say he sold the land for liability reasons.
He says there were just too many people on his property all the time.
He added, “It’s a beautiful ranch, but I just wanted out” [“Cannonball Ranch Sold to Dakota Access LLC,” KX News, 2016.09.22].
North Dakota blogger Rob Port notes that, despite a previous listing price of $5 million, the deed says Energy Transfer Partners bought the ranch last week Tuesday “for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred Dollars.” Port explains that $100 is likely a dummy number meant to hide the real purchase price from us.
Hmm… I thought the public had a right to know what land sells for, so that taxes can be assessed and reasonable offers be made on similar land by fair free market rules. But hey, we shouldn’t expect Big Oil to want the public to have any information.