It’s been one year since two Iowa environmental activists claimed responsibility for deliberately causing millions of dollars in damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline project, but federal prosecutors haven’t filed charges against them.
The activists — Jessica Reznicek, 36, and Ruby Montoya, 28 — have gone into hiding. The lack of federal prosecution has some Iowans wondering whether charges will ever be filed.
…Rachel Scherle, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Des Moines, declined to say last week why no criminal charges have been filed against either Reznicek or Montoya. But she indicated the matter hasn’t been dropped by federal authorities.
“I cannot comment on any ongoing investigation,” Scherle said.
…Vicki Granado, a spokesman for Energy Transfer Partners, said in an email that there is no truth to any assertions that her company has asked the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Des Moines not to pursue criminal charges against the two women.
“Beyond that, I will decline to comment as we don’t discuss issues related to current or pending legal matters,” she said.