Dakota Pipeline Project

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The Dakota Access, LLC is a company of Energy Transfer Partners formed to create the Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL) in attempt to transport crude oil in a safer, more direct, and cost effective way. The pipeline will stretch 1,172 miles through 50 counties in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. This $3.7 billion project will be able to transport 479,000 barrels of crude oil a day which is enough oil to produce 374.3 million gallons of gasoline per day. According to, “The pipeline will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer, and environmentally responsible manner.” Even though there are many positive …show more content…

Many people consider the DAPL to be an environmental disaster that destroys sacred Native American sites according to CNN. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota claims that “the construction and operation of the pipeline… threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe” (CNN). The people of the Tribe are protesting by holding up signs that say things such a ‘No DAPL’ and ‘Defend the Sacred’ while there are police officers that are releasing pepper spray gas into the air and unleashing a high-pitched siren to disperse the crowd. The people of the Tribe are not only being taken over by the Pipeline, but are also being mistreated for standing up for their sacred land. Not only would the project threaten the Tribe’s land, the pipe would run underneath the Missouri River, affecting drinking water. If the pipe would rupture, the oil would contaminate the water supply for thousands of people and possibly cause sickness for those affected. Also, the contaminated water could harm the fish and birds that live in and around the river. This could lead to peoples’ food being contaminated which could also lead to sickness. There are many negative aspects of the DAPL that affect people and the environment. The …show more content…

The Pipeline will also reduce the current use of transportation and create more than 8,000 new job opportunities. With these positive potential outcomes of the Pipeline, there are many negative aspects as well. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota is directly affected by this project and it would ruin many of their sacred sites in the reservation. Also, with the pipe running underneath the Missouri River, there is a chance that the pipe could rupture and contaminate the water and cause people to develop an illness. The DAPL can not be approved because it will create a multitude of issues affect thousands of people in the United

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