Dakota Access Pipeline is a controversial subject. Its construction was the reason of an ideal clash between environmentalists and authorities. While this system is important for the U.S. industry, it is also considered an environmental hazard. According to official documents, the pipeline has already caused an oil leak at a pump station.
Dakota Access Pipeline Will Make Its First Delivery on May 14
Works at Dakota Access Pipeline were completed two months ago. However, there are still some finishing touches to prepare the network for its grand opening day. The pipeline system is going to perform its first delivery on May 14th, 2017. However, there are already some concerning aspects regarding this project.
On April 4th, Dakota Access Pipeline triggered an oil leak in Tulare town, in Spink County. This event was registered in official documents pertaining to the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in South Dakota. The leak measured 84 gallons of crude oil which are equal to two barrels.
This major project was the reason why environmental protesters around the world came to the United States to protest. The system of pipelines crosses an important territory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Members of this community feared that an oil leak would denigrate their burial ground which is sacred to them. Moreover, they didn’t want this access pipeline to poison the only water supply of the tribe.
Nonetheless, these environmental manifestations came to no fruition. In January 2017, President Donald Trump signed an official memorandum that allowed a constructing acceleration. The Standing Rock Sioux didn’t win in court, which was the last challenge that stood in the way of Dakota Access Pipeline.
Officials Have Already Purged the Affected Area
Once the news reached officials, the oil spill that happened on April 4th received aid. As a consequence, authorities hurried to recover wasted oil and put it back in the system. Moreover, they cleansed the area by disposing of any soil that was imbued with oil.
On the other hand, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners declared that the spill took place in a containment area. This means that the event did not have any impact on the environment.
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