The Dakota Access Pipeline has been in the news lately and of course all we get is the information from the Liberal mainstream news media that portrays how the big corporations are desecrating sacred burial grounds of the Sioux Indians in ND. Unfortunately and as expected most of that information is bogus and very misleading.
My son works for Energy Transfer that is building the 1200 mile pipeline from NW North Dakota oil shale fields to the refinery in southern Illinois. Here are some facts about that pipeline.
The pipeline does not cross any part of any Indian Reservations as implied by the mainstream media.Not one Indian burial ground has been disturbed by the pipeline as archeologists are on staff at all times during the construction of the pipeline.Approximately 1100 plus miles of the pipeline are completed with the last few miles remaining being the section that has been stopped by the Corps of Engineers near Cannon Ball ND.The pipeline is being laid next to a natural gas pipeline that shares the same right of way.The pipeline has already been built and crosses 22 major rivers such as the Missouri river upstream from the protested area, the Little Missouri River, the Des Moines River, the Skunk River, the Illinois River, and yes it even has been built across the mighty Mississippi River.Nearly all the protesters are not local Indians but professional protesters from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and many movie star activists. Even the Green Presidential candidate protested at the Cannon Ball crossing.The protesters are camped on so called sacred burial grounds and trash the site every day but that seems permissible.The protesters have destroyed millions of dollars of pipe laying equipment and it all happened on private land.The Corps of Engineers had originally permitted the crossing in question but changed their mind from pressure from the Obama Administration.Big dollars are behind the protests and much lobbying by Warren Buffet to kill the project as it will cost him millions in lost revenue by not being able to transport the crude on his railroad. (Burlington Northern)As a sidelight remember the protests etc over the Alaskan Pipeline that was going to ruin the Alaskan ecology but it has been in operation for decades with no problems and it has not affected wildlife nor brought about the doom and gloom predicted.In January 2014 the USDOT issued a safety alert regarding Bakken oil hazard after train derailments in Al and ND.Rail transportation is significantly more expensive than pipelines. IE about $5 more per barrel.Some $4 billion has been spent on the pipeline by Energy Transfer.