Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC is donating 20-thousand dollars to each Emergency Management Agency across the state in the counties through which the pipeline travels, totaling 260-thousand dollars.  With the aim of helping first responders, each county is encouraged to use the funds where they need it most. 

Dakota Access will make similar donations to county emergency management agencies across its four-state route, totaling one-million dollars across 50 counties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

Lake County Emergency Management Director Kody Keefer said the donation will help in making much-needed communication equipment upgrades for the Local Emergency Planning Committee.  

McCook County Emergency Management Coordinator Brad Stiefvater said that his county has eight first responder groups that could all use new fire protective gear.  

Dakota Access Pipeline traverses approximately 73 miles through Lake, McCook, Minnehaha, Turner and Lincoln counties. The company also made donations to Miner, Kingsbury, Beadle, and Spink counties, as well as Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, and Campbell counties.   The company will also be donating to the South Dakota FFA Foundation.