Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Pipeline Isn't Even Finished, and Yet...

Not yet fully operational, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents.

Two barrels, or 84 gallons, spilled due to a leaky flange at a pipeline terminal in Watford City on March 3, according to the North Dakota Health Department. A flange is a section connecting two sections of pipeline.


On April 1, mechanical failure caused an 84-gallons oil to leak northeast of Tulare, a tiny town in South Dakota, according to Aberdeen News.


That means three leak incidents over recent months, adding to South Dakota already substantial record of environmental woes.


DAPL's operators, Energy Transfer Partners, plans to begin commercial operations June 1.


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had warned about the possibility of leaks and spills from oil pipelines like DAPL and the threats it could pose to their drinking water supply.

The tribe has also asked a judge to declare that the Trump administration's reversal of the environmental study and subsequent issuing of the permits as illegal.


The decision could take weeks or months.


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