There has already been a leak in the Dakota Access Pipeline despite not being ready to be operated.
The pipeline isn’t scheduled to be running until June, even though their have been many leaks in parts of the project. In April, 320 liters or 84 gallons of crude oil had spilled in South Dakota, where mass protests supporting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe happened to protest and block the progress of the pipeline.
Those leaks were recognized quickly, closed off, and stopped, along with any contaminated soil and snow being quickly cleaned up. Both these spills were not reported to the government or contractors, had received no media coverage, and was only posted on the federal website regulating environment safety. There’s a list of all oil spills compiled by the health department, but they aren’t ever told to the public unless its over 150 barrels in size, harm waterways, and pose a health risk to the general public. This means any and all small oil spills will never be mentioned to the media or the people.
Once the media caught wind of the protests from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe (who oppose the pipeline because it runs right into their sacred land and only source of water), support began to increase as more people became aware. Despite their win last year with Obama’s decision to halt the pipeline, President Trump issued an executive order permitting the project to go forward.
“They keep telling everybody that it is state of the art, that leaks won’t happen, that nothing can go wrong,” says Jan Hasselman, an attorney representing the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, to the Guardian last month.
“It’s always been false. They haven’t even turned the thing on and it’s shown to be false.
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