Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Dakota Access pipeline continues to get attention in the media, as events continue to unfold about its possible construction. A state permit has been requested from  Iowa to begin construction on the pipeline.  According to this article, there was an application made for an expedited decision on the permit, but that that request was not successful. Instead, the decision about the permit will proceed in the usual fashion, which allows "public comments through March 25." Among other requirements to obtain the permit, the article says that "The terms and conditions issued by the board include Dakota Access must:

  • Obtain and maintain a general liability insurance policy of at least $25 million
  • Demonstrate and file the unconditional and irrevocable guarantees from its parent companies for remediation of damages from a leak or spill
  • Make modifications to easement forms on properties utilizing eminent domain
  • Continue to offer to purchase voluntary easements
  • File a revised Agricultural Impact Mitigation Plan to include landowner notifications and the separation of all topsoil from affected areas
  • File a winter construction plans
  • File quarterly status reports"
Indian Country Today Media Network has a detailed article on the pipeline plans, which discusses the concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. These concerns include the damage that would result from a pipeline leak: "If a leak were to occur, it would undoubtedly devastate the environment, people, resources and land of the Standing Rock nation. The quality of the water of the Missouri River is critical to the health and well-being of the tribe, both economically and culturally."

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