The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.
Dakota Access Pipeline Already Has Its First Oil Spill
The Dakota Access Pipeline, which isn’t supposed to officially open until June, already has its first oil spill. The spill, which happened on April 4, was just reported today. If this doesn’t prove that the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t a potential environmental disaster, I don’t know what will. Perhaps, if the pipeline should have a spill that reaches all the way down to St. Louis, maybe they will pay attention to this disaster waiting to happen.
Officials tried to downplay the spill by pointing out that it was only 84 gallons of oil that leaked. What the hell difference does it make that it was only 84 gallons? A spill is a spill, isn’t it? 84 gallons of crude oil has the potential to do damage, despite the state of North Dakota saying otherwise. If a spill kills one bird or one animal, it is too much. I suppose they think that a spill on the Dakota Access Pipeline would be worth mentioning if it caused as much as some of the oil platform accidents off the coast of Santa Barbara, right?
An official of the North Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources says that the state of North Dakota doesn’t even bother to make an announcement about an oil spill of this size. To me this begs the question how much, or would it take before they issued an “official announcement”?
The public has a right to know about an oil spill of any size. The people have a right to know that the Native Americans and others who oppose this potential nightmare for one hundred percent correct when they said that the Dakota Access Pipeline was a potential environmental disaster. After all, if they can spill 84 gallons of raw crude oil without penalty, how much do they have to spill before they are penalized. This question is especially important because the state of North Dakota announced that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the builders and operators of this controversial pipeline.