Is it Worth the Risks The dakota access pipeline

With everything going on in the world, I think the best focus for my internship at the US Department of Energy would be on the Dakota Access Pipeline and its construction. Environmental safety concerns are a major issue behind the protesting of the building of the pipeline. In the presentation below, I will explain how it is not only very environmentally safe, going beyond the normal safety standards, but how it will also bring much economic growth for the area and the four states it will pass through.

ACTION STEPS

  • Have people available to talk and discuss with those who are hesitate about the construction of the pipeline to ease their concerns.
  • Develop programs to educate people on the pipeline.
  • Through the use of social media platforms, emphasize how safe and advanced the pipeline will be: how it is environmentally friendly and not harmful to the environment.
  • Make stakeholders aware of the benefits of the pipeline.
  • Attend protests to provide facts, and attempt to persuade protesters to listen to what good the pipeline can bring.

DELIVERABLES

  • Ads - including radio, TV, and billboards - spreading little known facts about the pipeline, as well as the benefits that come with it.
  • Newsletters sent out to those in the community.
  • E-mails with more information and details sent to those who would like to receive them.
  • Pamphlets detailing the benefits of the pipeline, including to the environment and the economy.

SUPPORT

  • Gather and distribute facts and figures to the public on just how much money and revenue this will bring.
  • Remind people that once built, the pipeline will be "one of the safest, most technologically advanced pipelines in the world" ("Dakota Access Pipeline Facts," 2016).

WHY

  • Construction of the DAPL has brought hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in heavy machinery, and created roughly 12,000 jobs during its construction.
  • The DAPL is a crucial link from the Bakken formation, which supports more than 80,000 jobs in North Dakota.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline will result in around $156 million in sales and income taxes during construction, and once completed, $55 million in property taxes annually. ("About the Dakota Access Pipeline," 2016)
  • The use of pipelines has been proven to be safer than shipping crude oil by rail or trucks. ("Safety - Dakota Access Pipeline Facts," 2016)
  • The DAPL will have less impact on the environment by eliminating the 500-740 rail cars, and/or the 250+ trucks needed to transport the oil every day. ("Dakota Access Pipeline Facts," 2016).

References

  • About the Dakota Access Pipeline. (2016). Retrieved February 17, 2017, from https://daplpipelinefacts.com/about-the-dakota-access-pipeline/
  • Dakota Access Pipeline Facts. (2016). Retrieved February 17, 2017, from https://daplpipelinefacts.com
  • Riley, C. (2016, August 26). $3.7B Dakota Access Pipeline to Create Thousands of Local Construction Jobs. Retrieved February 17, 2017, from http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/37b-dakota-access-pipeline-to-create-thousands-of-local-construction-jobs/30457
  • Safety - Dakota Access Pipeline Facts. (2016). Retrieved February 17, 2017, from https://daplpipelinefacts.com/safety/

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