Does the Dakota Access Pipeline put the water or land of the Standing Rock Sioux at risk?

At no point does the Dakota Access Pipeline pass through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, nor does it impact the Tribe’s water supply. The water inlet for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be 70 miles away from the pipeline by early 2017, when the tribe’s water intake moves to South Dakota.

Map showing Dakota Access Pipeline going through private land

Today, eight pipelines are already under the Missouri River in North Dakota, safely carrying hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil across the river every day without incident.

DAPL will be tunneled 95 to 115 feet beneath the bottom of Lake Oahe at the Missouri River, much deeper than the other pipelines. The pipeline never comes in contact with the lake or river.


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