As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spar over African Americans, Hispanics and medical records. Real issues are taking place all over the the country.
Transfer Partners, a Texas based company is constructing a pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. The Dakota Access is a 1,170-mile pipeline that would, at peak capacity, deliver up to 570,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil daily.
On August 10th, protest began in North Dakota. Native Americans from reservations across the United States joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against a 1,100-mile, $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline.
The Power of Social Media
While the story has garnered little attention on the main stream media. It has grown via Social media. Tribal residents were joined by fossil fuel protesters demonstrating against the pipeline at construction sites. Protest have grown from a few hundred to thousands. On August 19th, North Dakota Governor Dalrymple declared a State of Emergency. A federal judge issuing a restraining order against new protests.
To date ,27 protesters have been arrested. Amnesty International representatives have arrived to monitor the response of law enforcement to the protesters.
It would be catastrophic should the pipeline leaked or burst. The pipeline could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members. The pipeline crosses the Missouri river and could effect farmers and millions who depend on it downstream.
The Standing Rock tribe has opposed the Dakota Access pipeline when they learned about it in 2014. Although federal law requires the Corps of Engineers to consult with the tribe about its sovereign interests, permits for the project were approved and construction began without meaningful consultation.
The Dakota Access pipeline was fast-tracked from Day 1 using the Nationwide Permit No. 12 process, which grants exemption from environmental reviews required by the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act by treating the pipeline as a series of small construction sites. And unlike the better-known Keystone XL project, which was finally canceled by the Obama administration last year, the Dakota Access project does not cross an international border — the condition that mandated the more rigorous federal assessment of the Keystone pipeline’s economic justification and environmental impacts.(New York Times)
The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation supported more protection of the tribe’s cultural heritage, but the Corps of Engineers and Energy Transfer Partners turned a blind eye to our rights. The first draft of the company’s assessment of the planned route through our treaty and ancestral lands did not even mention our tribe.
Too Hot For Donald and Hillary?
Thirty-one groups sent a letter to the White House on Thursday, asking President Obama to block the final permits needed for Dakota Access and revoke those already issued.
Clinton says she supports the Indian community and yet has been silent on the Dakota pipeline. Trump said as president he would resuscitate the Keystone pipeline. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, serves as an adviser to the Trump campaign.
Green President candidate Jill Stein
Last week in a press release Bernie Sanders said: The Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline, will transport some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. Regardless of the court’s decision, the Dakota Access pipeline must be stopped. As a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, not increase our dependence on oil. I join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many tribal nations fighting this dangerous pipeline.
There is a rally planned in Washington this week celebrities Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough and Shailene Woodley say they will attend.
This story is growing. Downstream from North Dakota are the metro areas of Omaha Nebraska ,Kansas City and St Louis Missouri. A leak, a terrorist attack on the pipeline could effect millions of voters.
Developers hope to get Dakota Access up and running by Jan 1. It has halted construction work amid protests and while it waits for final permitting to come through.
How long can Clinton and Trump remain silent on this issue?