Tuesday, 15 March 2016

More Pipelines in the News: Dakota Access Pipeline

The issue of pipelines has not gone away, entirely, it would seem. And this is to do with a pipeline other than the controversial Keystone XL project. Now in the news is the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, which would run "through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois." 

This proposed pipeline is being opposed by members of the Standing Rock Reservation. 
Tribal members cite concerns about the environmental hazards posed by the proposed pipeline  by putting water supplies at risk, as well as alleging that the  "company bypassed federal laws requiring direct discussion with the tribes." 

Approval for construction of the pipeline was secured in Iowa on March 11, 2016.  This is despite objections raised by Iowa land owners who would be affected by the pipeline construction. 

While the threat from the Keystone XL pipeline may have abated, the appetite for pipeline building does not seem to have been curbed, even with the current very depressed prices for oil and gas. 

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