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Dakota Access Pipeline & Standing Rock Protests: The Facts

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The Dakota Access Pipeline has raised much controversy recently after lengthy and threatening protests were made against the pipeline’s construction. Here are the facts you need to know.

 

Facts about DAPL:

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  1. DAPL will run through four states, beginning in North Dakota and running diagonal through South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.
  2. DAPL is being built by Energy Transfer Partners, and is supported by shippers who hold long-term contracts and is currently about 45% complete.
  3. Being a $3.7 billion investment, it will create 8,000 to 12,000 local jobs during the construction.
  4. It will transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. An average of about 19 gallons of motor gasoline are created from one 42-gallon barrel of crude oil.
  5. DAPL’s goal is to voluntarily survey land  within the route, but in the case that permission is denied by homeowners, laws will be proposed that may require the court’s permission to survey the property.

 

Facts about Standing Rock Protectors:

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  1. DAPL threatens to contaminate the inhabitants water supply from the Missouri River.
  2. Standing Rock protests are located in North Dakota.
  3. Protestors are unarmed and peaceful, using methods of prayer circles and setting up camps.
  4. Militarized Police have responded by making over 400 arrests, using teargas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets to deter the protestors.
  5. And finally, what is the goal of the protestors? For the DAPL’s construction to be rerouted off Sacred Land.

 

Ellen Moyer, PhD, writer, public speaker, engineer, environmental advocate, and so much more, claims that these are the three main impacts that the Dakota Access Pipeline will have on the environment and those people who inhabit the land. Oil spills are a threat to the rivers, the pipelines would traverse sacred land, and with that being said there is a long, bloody and disgusting history with Native Americans treatment from Westerners. 

There has been much support on either side of the issue, but it is clear that there are pros and cons to each side. Time will tell whether the protestors can protect their Sacred Land, or if construction will continue in its detrimental path.

To find out more, check out the interview with Ellen Moyer under the interview tab!

 

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