Dakota Access Pipeline Ainsley Cherubin

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is planned to be about 1,172 miles long and stretch from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.The Access pipeline is planned to cost around 3.7 billion dollars, and estimated to carry 70,000 to 570,000 barrels of oil per day if completed. From its ending point in Illinois, the oil would travel to refineries in the Midwest, East, and Gulf Coast.

The Dakota pipeline is predicted to create thousands of jobs, approximately eight to twelve thousand. With this new addition, it is predicted that millions of dollars will be poured into the local and state economies revenue. Although Trump says that there is predicted to be about 28,000 jobs, researchers have found a different predicament proclaiming, “The Brookings Institution estimates just 40 full-time permanent positions will remain upon the conclusion of construction on the DAPL.”

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

Although there would be an increase in job opportunities and funding for surrounding states, the Dakota Access Pipeline will threaten the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribe, as well as those who are downstream. Many opponents to the pipeline are worried because if it were to rupture, the pipeline is constructed under the Missouri river, therefore contaminating the river.

There is estimated to be 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil in Bakken. Yet, the pipeline is being built on sacred lands of indigenous peoples.

Protest have been taking place for months and the controversial pipeline has resulted in many protest and at least 700 arrests. As a result of the construction of the Dakota Pipeline, camp Oceti Sakowin has been formed. The last time there was a gathering of tribes to a magnitude such as this, was when the Great Sioux Nation gathered before the Battle at the Little BigHorn

The pipeline will worsen climate change by pumping thousands of gallons of shale oil to the market daily as well as endanger animals. The EPA believes that construction of the pipeline generates more greenhouse gases because it is being pulled from the tar sands as compared to more conventional methods.

Anthony Swift, the staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, believes that the construction of the pipeline is a question of whether the U.S. will support “one of the most carbon-intensive sources of energy in the world, or whether we really are going to move in a direction to cut greenhouse gases.”

About 20,000 spills are reported to the federal government each year and “According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 1.3 million gallons (4.9 million liters) of petroleum are spilled into U.S. waters from vessels and pipelines in a typical year….A major oil spill could easily double that amount”The United States should invest its peoples’ money into options that will be more reliable, instead of putting an end to the lives of others and deteriorating the planet, as well as allow room for future generations to thrive.

Works Cited

Conca, James. "Pick Your Poison For Crude -- Pipeline, Rail, Truck Or Boat." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 26 Apr. 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.

DiChristopher, Tom. "Trump: Keystone, Dakota Access Pipeline Makers Must Buy US Steel." CNBC. CNBC, 23 Feb. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Erman, Aylin. "10 Fun Facts about Renewable Energy." 10 Fun Facts about Renewable Energy | OVO Energy. EcoSalon, 27 July 2015. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Fueled a Massive Oil Boom, Blake Ellis. "How North Dakota's Economy Doubled in 11 Years." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 14 July 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.


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