The $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons (380 liters) of oil in North Dakota in March.
Dakota Access Pipeline: Two More Leaks Happen
Once again, The Dakota Access Pipeline has sprung a leak. This time, it leaked out about 100 gallons of crude oil. It also leaked 85 gallons in March. It is past time that the federal government, probably the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in and intervene in the situation and hopefully, shut it down until the entire environmental impact has been investigated thoroughly and without corporate interference. Unfortunately, that last part is highly unlikely.
Considering that the company that built the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has not only invested billions of dollars in this project, and that president Donald Trump and the rest of the federal government has rubber stamped this project from the beginning, makes this highly unlikely. This, coupled with the EPA has undergone massive budget cuts which have rendered it basically useless, is another fact to consider. Unfortunately, after the Dakota Access Pipeline has such a large oil spill that it causes a major environmental disaster that this project will be fully explored and reconsidered.
Both common sense and practical consideration to make it a no-brainer that the Dakota Access Pipeline should never have been built, in the first place. It is just another corporate venture that puts profit before people or the well-being of our environment. It is another example of how money talks and bullshit walks.
It is also another example that clearly points out that common people, who protest against something that they know to be wrong should not be ignored, nor how the power of protest often carries great weight, even when it is ignored. If the protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline would have been listened to, we could all be spared, this ticking time bomb waiting to destroy the environment of this region.