An Oil Pipeline Through Native American Soil: Controversy and Confusion
Protesters came together from across America to protest against the implementation of a new oil pipeline. The pipeline was set to run beneath Native American land, supposedly passing through a necessary aquifer. The aquifer supplies fresh, clean, drinking water for the entire region, thus the controversy.
To say the very least, Obama was reluctant to allow the construction. The protesters were able to stop (or at least postpone) the pipeline’s installment. However, President Trump recently agreed to restart pipeline construction.
Here’s what you need to know about the North Dakota Access Pipeline:
- Its installment will increase job growth, according to West Virgina Senator Joe Manchin. He stated:
“What this country needs is more jobs, and that is why I have always been a proponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline and was an original cosponsor of legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline project. With a majority of Americans in support of the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction, I’m glad we are finally moving forward with this important project.”
- The Standing Rock Sioux’s water intake is set to be moved seventy miles away from where the pipeline would cross the Missouri River.
- District Court Judge James Boasberg stated, after extensive review: “The tribe has not shown it will suffer injury.”
- Upon implementation, low cost oil will be brought to the American Midwest
- Pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas.
It’s likely the Trump administration will not mirror Obama’s when it comes to putting American jobs first. Despite massive, sometimes violent, protests, the pipeline is likely going to be installed over the coming months.
It is unlikely the implementation will be a peaceful process. Celebrities participated in protests, including Shailene Woodley, who was arrested on the site. The construction is estimated to create roughly ten to twelve thousand jobs. The parts used to construct the pipeline will be made in America.