The Dakota Access Pipeline is built to survive the test of time, extreme weather, and natural disaster. It uses state-of-the art construction material, including heavy-walled steel pipe that is nearly 50% thicker than required by law.
In many instances, construction of DAPL exceeded legal requirements. Extreme care was taken to choose the safest possible route for the pipeline. Its route was designed to avoid earthquake fault lines or other trouble spots. The pipeline will also be monitored by air on a weekly basis in an effort to detect any possible trouble.
Numerous studies have shown that pipelines are safer than shipping oil by trucks or rail. DAPL will replace 100- to 120-car trains that carry crude oil every day from North Dakota – greatly reducing the risk of train accidents and spills.
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