Dakota Access Pipeline By Austin walter

Economic Benefits:

  • 3.78 billion - Overall project investment
  • 8,000-12,000 - Jobs will be created across the project (With hundreds of jobs being permanent monitoring jobs
  • $156 million - estimated sales and income tax revenues for surrounding communities
  • $55 million - estimated property tax generation across involved states
  • $189 million - Direct payments to landowners for easements


Project Deliverables:

  • Oil pipeline to transport an estimated total of 7.4 billion barrels of oil over its life time out of the oil fields
  • 374.3 million gallons of gasoline can be converted from the oil per day
  • An estimated total of 5 quadrillion gallons of gasoline will be made over 40 years of extracting oil out of the Bukkan oil fields
  • Capability of the United States becoming self sufficient on fuel and energy for many years to come
  • This way of transporting the oil is safer than by truck which has already caused oil spills from turned over trucks en route to the refinery from Bukkan

Project Description:

  • 1,172 miles long
  • Begins in Bakken Shale in North Dakota
  • Travels through South Dakota and Iowa
  • Deposited in a oil tank farm in Patoka, Ilinois
  • DAPL will replace 100- to 120-car trains that carry crude oil every day


  • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe opposes the pipeline's construction near the Sioux reservation on the grounds that it threatens their public health and welfare, water supply and cultural resources.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline is being built on sacred land guaranteed to the Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) by treaty.
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline will worsen climate change by pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of shale oil to market daily.


Time and Effort:

My internship here at the US Department of Energy could be put to the best use by promoting the constructing of the DALP. I will set up talks with community leaders in each county that is will be either displaced or affected by the new pipeline. They need a voice and they will be heard at these gatherings with town officials. I can give all my efforts and show how I can convince the citizens of these cities and the tribe members that this is best thing for their area. The benefits out way the negatives they are fearful of.

  • I will give citizens a voice
  • Organize open discussions with community
  • Demonstrate safety protocols to protect locals
  • Show leadership to complete this project and secure support from everyone


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  4. Greenwald, David. "Construction of DAPL Halted by Army Corps of Engineers." Davis Vanguard. N.p., 05 Dec. 2016. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.
  5. "Dakota Access Pipeline: Top 3 Pros and Cons." ProConorg Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.
  6. "The Dakota Access pipeline is safe." Dakota Access Pipeline Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.
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Austin Walter


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