The Dakota Access Pipeline
By Daniel F.
Protests have erupted at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas. Members of the Sioux tribe have been protesting the building of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. They argue that the pipeline is being built near their sacred lands and are worried about pollution and destruction of their water and land. Sophomore Julia J. said, “I think that there’s too many risks in a way as far as the water situation goes.”
Many have supported the protests such as actor Mark Ruffalo and two dozen Massachusetts pastors. Also, actress Shailene Woodley was arrested for being a part of the protests. She has since been released.
Recently, over 2,000 military veterans went to Standing Rock to support the protests. They said they would act as ‘human shields’ to protect the protesters from police. Since then, the Army Corps has halted construction of the pipeline to try and find alternative routes. Sophomore Kacy C. said, “I think it’s great that they’re putting it somewhere else.”
But what actually is the pipeline and why is it important?
According to the Dakota Access Pipeline website, “the pipeline will enable 100 percent domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and responsible manner.” This means that the pipeline will be a cheaper and safer way to transport oil.
The pipeline will help replace barrels of foreign oil which will result in more money going to the economy. The crude oil being transported could make 374.3 million gallons of gasoline per day. This will also make it easier for gasoline to be produced and sent to states such as Massachusetts.
Kacy C. said, “I think they have the right idea but they’re not executing it in the right [way] for different ethnic and cultural groups.”