Why are the Standing Rock Sioux objecting to the route of the Dakota Access Pipeline?

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have raised several reasons why they are opposed to the project. The most recent argument is that it threatens their water supply and, potentially, their sacred sites.

However, the Dakota Access Pipeline does not enter even one inch of the Standing Rock reservation and does not pose a threat to their water supply. In fact, by early 2017, the pipeline will be about 70 miles away from the inlet that is used as a source of water for the Tribe. And there have been extensive studies that have concluded that the pipeline project will not impact any sacred sites.

Moreover, rail cars, the existing method of transportation for Bakken crude, already crosses the Missouri River, which feeds Lake Oahe, and are statistically less safe.


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