Is the Dakota Access Pipeline on land belonging to the Standing Rock Sioux?

No. There is no part of the pipeline that crosses or enters the Standing Rock Reservation.

The part of the project that crosses underneath Lake Oahe – not Standing Rock land – is owned by the United States Government. This part of the pipeline will be tunneled using state of the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) through soil nearly 100 feet below the bottom of the lake. This is about 20 times deeper than an existing pipeline that was installed beneath the same lake in 1982 and has operated safely for about 35 years.

In fact, 8 pipelines in total currently pass below Lake Oahe today, as well as one high-energy power system.


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