In this video, Rachel Blevins covers the significance behind the uprising against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and what the media isn’t telling you about it…
The $3.8 billion pipeline is nothing new. Proposed in 2014, the Dakota Access Pipeline will cover nearly 1,200 miles of ground in four states. It’s purpose is to transport nearly half a million barrels of crude oil each day from hydro-fracked sites in North Dakota to an existing pipeline in Illinois.
If you have heard about this pipeline in the media recently, you have probably also heard about the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and their opposition to the pipeline’s construction. The tribe filed a lawsuit in July against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, arguing that the pipeline, which would be placed less than a mile upstream from their land, would cover more than 200 water crossings, and could impact drinking water for over 8,000 tribal members. They are also protesting with the claim that the construction of the pipeline will desecrate ancient burial sites.
Standing Rock Sioux members argued in court documents that the more they looked at the proposed path of the pipeline, the more ancient artifacts and burial sites they discovered. However, the archaeological firms hired by Dakota Access have argued that those sites don’t exist, and the tribe says that this is because the landmarks were not previously recognized by the federal government.