The North Dakota Area Pipeline (NDAP) controversy has hit fever pitch. CBS News reports that the violence conducted by pipeline protesters has escalated to taking arms and shooting police and an unarmed civilians. Fortunately, no one has been killed and most of the pipeline’s opponents seem to prefer not to engage in hostilities.
During my absence I attempted to acquire as much information about the pipeline and the controversy surrounding it. I wanted to find out if the opposition had legitimate claims against the pipeline’s constructed. I have found a well written and meticulously researched essay by a self-proclaimed proponent of Native American rights that covers the facts and controversies surrounding the Dakota Area Pipeline (DAP).
Not surprisingly, the author’s research confirms my deep suspicions about the opposition, that they are protesting the project for no other reason than to be obstructionists and even lie to accomplish their underlying goal of taking down civilization. The author (Scott Gates) says:
What triggered my concerns, was finding out the tribes claims at the core of the “protest” – that the reservation’s sole water source – the tribes water intake at Fort Yates, several miles downstream from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) – was threatened … were not truthful.
Numerous times in the early stages the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II made claims similar to this one in a Bismarck Tribune article:
“… the tribe argues that consequences would be severe if the 30-inch pipeline carrying 450,000 barrels of oil per day were to leak near the reservation’s water intake … ”
So I began to research further, to try to learn more about the facts and claims …. I started with the Dakota Access Pipeline website. What I found was a detailed, pretty straightforward and transparent source of information. But they also went a step further and offered links directly to the project filings and maps:
In a review of the North Dakota filings – directly relevant to the tribes complaints – we can see a picture of detailed review, extensive input and engagement with various affected parties, and detailed historical, cultural, flora and fauna and other reviews. We can see information on the MANY changes made to the route to accommodate concerns raised in input obtained from those willing to give it.
What seems missing is any significant involvement and input from the tribe during the 2 year approval process, despite dozens others with far less resources successfully petitioning to intervene, and filing affidavits to get their voices and input heard. The Standing Rock Tribe is not listed as a Petitioner to Intervene and offer an Affidavit.
We can see the original application dated Dec. 22, 2014. We can see the filing of the: (1) North Dakota Wildlife Inventory and Habitat Assessment Field Survey Report, (2) North Dakota Tree and Shrub Inventory Report, and (3) Wetland and Waterbody Delineation Report for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project, along with the wetlands maps.
We can see an exhaustive list of the Exhibits – files on all the different topics. We can listen to recordings of the hearings themselves. We can see information on the 17 different route adjustments made in response to input received during the input process.
We can see the letter from the Director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota and State Historic Preservation Officer for North Dakota noting their receipt of “two multi-volume reports on the Dakota Access Project, “2014 Dakota Access Class 11/111 Cultural Resources Inventory,” and the “2015 Lakota Access Class II/lII Cultural Resources Inventory,” and the Historical Society’s commendation that “These volumes represent a tremendous effort in cultural resources identification to date.”
You may have to have a Facebook account, but if you want to read the easy in its entirety you can read it here. What should be of note is that Green points out the Standing Rock tribe is a member of a panel that would review a project that could have an impact on local grounds involving American Indian lands
The tribe claims that the reports of cultural, historic and potential burial sites are not investigated. Yet no evidence of burial sites have been found and a federal judge rejected the tribe’s claims allowing the pipeline project to continue.
This essay and the events that lead up to the controversies surrounding the NDAP stand as the prime reason to not only resist terrorist actions like what happened in North Dakota, but also further support the usage of fossil fuels as well as transportation mechanisms like pipelines. The author not only lays out all of the facts surrounding the pipeline’s construction but reveals the untruths and outright lies of the Standing Rock tribe who are backed by environmentalists too.
Just like the lies they told about the Keystone pipeline, this is yet another action on the part of environmentalists and like-minded American Indian allies who are hostile to economic growth and the ability of people to have access to cheap, affordable sources of energy that are used to power people’s homes and the places they work. They are nihilistic primitivists who seek to force mankind to live n a new Dark Age and revere time periods before mankind became civilized as their ideal time period.