Investigating the Dakota Access Pipeline By Andrew Malherek

As an intern for the U.S. department of Energy my goal is to focus on the development of materials for the Dakota Access Pipeline. In order to start on the development, we first need to educate the people who will be voting for the pipeline on why we need it and how we are still going to protect the Standing Rock Sioux. The Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has made a plea that they "will monitor the pipeline 24/7 in case of an emergency" (Grossman). Also, the pipeline has already been deemed safe off an assessment that was conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is my goal to investigate the pipeline and its stakeholders in order to provide the Department of Energy with a valid reason to construct the project in the most ethical way.

There will be many actions that will need to take place in order for this proposal to go through. First, we will put up billboards around the site and neighboring towns so that they are aware of the situation and all of the positive outcomes.The community needs to be thoroughly informed about the pipeline so that they can fight to make it happen. Then we will make a commercial and talk about all of the impacts that it will have. I also will personally be there on the site to make sure that everything goes as planned so that we are able to implement the construction of the pipeline in a timely manner. Although, the Standing Rock Sioux are completely against it because they believe the pipeline will contaminate there water, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will follow through with there plans and keep careful watch over the pipeline twenty four seven. After the people see the advertisements I strongly believe that they will realize how significant it is to build the pipeline.

I will create a document that will be signed by the head of the ETP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will state everything that they have agreed upon regarding the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This document will demonstrate a great value of ethos because it will be a credible source that lays out all the plans and promises from everyone involved. Along with this document, the Standing Rock Sioux will be provided with additional resources such a lump some of money and emergency personnel that will be stationed there which will help benefit and protect there tribe.

I will need my boss to support me one hundred percent of the way. Without his support I will not be able to carry out the intended plans. I will persuade my boss to support me by providing him with an intensive detailed plan that will lay out everything that we are planning to do. Whether it is the financial report showing how much money will be needed or a list comparing the pros to the cons with the pros completely outweighing the cons, it will all help gain support. If my boss is not aware of all the positive impacts regarding the pipeline then it will be hard to gain his support. Having my boss's support is a huge step in the right direction and I will need his full support.

This is where and how I should focus my internship because the Dakota Access Pipeline is the "safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil from domestic wells to American consumers" (ETP). Due to the fact that it has such a huge impact on the entire country, this needs to be the focus for my internship. I will persuade my boss and the directors at the Department of Energy by laying down the facts and impacts of making this plan happen. We are not taking over anyone's land. Instead, we are would be using privately owned land that is already being used for other utility easements. We need to make this happen and both my boss and the directors need to realize the significance of this pipeline. The biggest rhetorical appeal of them all to why we need to focus on this project is the fact that the ETP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have clearly stated that this is completely safe and will help benefit people all over the country.


Grossman, David. "The Dakota Pipeline Controversy Explained." Popular Mechanics. N.p., 24 Jan. 2017. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.

"Dakota Access Pipeline Facts." Dakota Access Pipeline Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2017.


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