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Some Truth About The Dakota Pipeline – Just The Facts

Any large infrastructure project will generate some opposition, and that is understandable. Progress is often initially challenged; eventually, though, calm and respectful dialogue usually brings supporters and opponents together to find common ground. Facts have a way of emerging with great clarity as passions subside.

There are a lot of people on social media liking and sharing these anti-pipeline articles and memes. If you don’t pipeline for a living, and you’re not from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Illinois then you should really stay out of this conversation, especially if you’re just going to keep sharing the same lies over and over.

Below is a picture of a 3 year old girl who was bitten by a dog. If you notice, on the left side of the picture is an article from the Daily News involving a girl who was bitten in the face by a dog dated back in 2012. However, these “protesters” took the picture to spread a lie that this little girl was bitten by dogs during the protest. Obviously this never happened.

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How hard is it to get some actual truth on the subject though? Throughout the Midwest and the rest of the country, there is an opportunity to embrace energy independence and chart our own path toward economic growth. By constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois gain as many as 12,000 local jobs, $129 million in tax revenues, and access to an invaluable American-produced natural resource.

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But now the future of this project is jeopardized by national environmental groups that have latched onto a Native American protest full of false narratives, misleading talking points, and outright lies as a last-ditch effort to stop a project that they could not prevent through a regular, orderly review process. These actions attempt to disrupt the very rule of law that was established by these state regulatory organizations.

I know everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this is not about opinions, it’s about facts, and the facts are; the Dakota access pipeline DOES NOT cross the Standing Rock reservation, it DOES have all the necessary permits and approvals, and it is NOT disturbing any burial grounds! Here are the story about North Dakota’s top archaeologists surveyed these sites and found nothing.

From KCCI-8 Des Moines 

North Dakota’s chief archaeologist says a report of possible human remains being found at a pipeline construction site is unfounded.

Paul Picha says authorities were notified on Friday by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and others that human remains might have been unearthed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in southern North Dakota.

Opponents of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline being built from North Dakota to Illinois are protesting the project in the area and several arrests have been made for interfering with the work.

Picha says he and others inspected the site and found no evidence of “human remains, a burial, or other cultural remains.”

This information about the location of the pipeline is easily accessible online with a quick Google search, but I’ll include a map anyway, in case they don’t have time to research the lies they’re sharing.

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The portion being protested is on private property and does not run on previously undisturbed land. It follows a pre-existing energy corridor in which electricity transmission lines and the Northern Border natural gas pipeline already lay. An ancient burial or other sacred site simply cannot exist in the fill laid down by the modern construction crews that covered those transmission and oil lines.

The entire route through North Dakota was approved by the state Historic Preservation Office, which issued a “no significant sites affected” determination in February. The state’s chief archaeologist said in early September that “due diligence under existing regulatory law and regulation was done.”

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And before they start in about possible water contamination, that’s just another scare tactic. The Missouri river will be directionally drilled and the pipeline will have the latest technologies and monitoring systems to help prevent releases. It will be constructed 90 feet below the riverbed to ensure nothing may reach the river — far above and beyond what’s required by federal regulations.

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The protesters might also give the false impression that Native American tribes had no input to the project. The public record shows that they did. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held 389 meetings with 55 tribes to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met with the corps nearly a dozen times to discuss archaeological issues and to help finalize the pipeline’s route.

Not only did tribes have significant input into the siting of the route, but a federal court found no reason to halt construction of the small, disputed portion of the route based on tribal claims.

On Sept. 9, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to halt construction of the pipeline near its reservation. Judge Boasberg concluded after an extensive review that “the Tribe has not shown it will suffer injury” if construction proceeds as planned.

But Even after the Judge has ruled, Obama still wants to perpetuate the lie that the pipeline crosses “sacred lands” instead of maintaining the integrity that the office demands.

“We’re monitoring this closely, and you know I think that as a general rule my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans,” Barack Obama 11/01/2016

Don’t be fooled, the battle right now may be against this pipeline, but the war is on oil. I know some of you hate oil (even though you consume as much as the rest of us on a daily basis) but there simply is not enough renewable energy to meet the current demand. This oil WILL be brought to market one way or another, and the safest way is via pipeline. They have a smaller carbon footprint and are 4.5 times less likely to cause a spill than trains, trucks, or barges. It’s an easy choice. So don’t tell me you’re against pipelines because you care about the environment, because the two ideas are contradictory.

Besides, what is their alternative? Are we going to truck the oil where it needs to go? The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. So what about trains? We can’t use trains either though because there are just as many protests about oil trains as there are about pipelines! So what do they propose? Just to stop drilling for oil!

When completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will bring low-cost U.S. oil to markets in the Midwest, reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The pipeline’s builders take local concerns very seriously, which is why they went to such lengths to build broad public support for the project. While there should always be room for dialogue, no infrastructure project, especially one so tremendously beneficial, should be delayed because of false claims and misinformation.

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Protesters and parties to the lawsuits have effectively declared that the laws of their states and the United States do not work for them, and are now attempting to assert themselves against those laws both in the courtroom and in public protest. There was a time and a place to discuss the merits of this pipeline project. The rules matter. It is beyond time to allow construction to continue. It’s Just Common Sense!

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