It’s September, the month a federal court declared it would rule on the controversial pipeline that runs through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois. Technically known as the Bakken pipeline, it’s around 48% complete and scheduled to start pumping out oil as soon as January 2017.
Unfortunately, the pipeline jeopardizes thousands of miles of natural environments, prompting the largest numbers of Native Americans (and allies) to come out and protest in all of history.
If you care about Mother Nature, you too may want to stand in union with these protestors. The $4 billion pipeline weaves its way through 1,150 miles including many watersheds and sacred sites. All it takes is one break or damaged point in the line and an oil spill could completely destroy these incredible areas and the innocent animals and marine life that live there. Thousands of acres of farmland are at risk, as well as beautiful forests and rivers.
Every single day 570,000 barrels of crude oil is planned to be moved through four different Midwestern states, leaving a lot of room for error.
The photos below show what the Tar Sands of Canada looked liked before and after it was destroyed by oil drilling transport.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe requested an injunction against the Bakken Pipeline. Judge James E. Boasberg will rule on the matter early September. “I believe that everyone who attended the hearing today will understand that the tribe is seeking fundamental justice here,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archaumbault II.
Last month, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Army Corps of Engineers in regards to permits they issued to DakotaAccess in order to build a portion of the pipeline through the Missouri River, located about a half-mile from a reservation.
Crowds of mostly Native Americans gathered outside a court hearing in Washington, D.C., some coming from as far as Arizona to help protest the pipeline. Some well-known celebrities are taking part in the battle as well, including Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley, both of which were at the courthouse as well. Woodley has been in North Dakota actively protesting the pipeline for months.
What do you think: Should we continue onwards with the Bakken Pipeline, or put nature first for once?
Source: Expanded Consiousness
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