Essay about Is The Dakota Access Pipeline?

1277 Words Dec 6th, 2016 6 Pages
To Build or Not to Build.
There is no doubt that our economy is designed to run on fossil fuels like coal, crude oil, and natural gas. Oil accounts for more than ninety five percent of the energy used for transportation in the United States. What if someone told you that they wanted to dig up your family cemetery in order to build an oil pipeline through your family 's history. Would you be upset? The general population would be, and so are the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are currently dealing with this devastation. Understanding what is happening is important, as it will affect our nation 's history in the generations to come. Let us get a better understanding of this situation while we look at what exactly the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is, how it could be useful, and how it can do more harm than good.
So what is the Dakota Access Pipeline? Depending on who you ask, it could be an economic boon that makes the country more self-sufficient or an environmental disaster that destroys sacred Native American sites. In essence the pipeline is a $3.7 billion project that would cross four states and change the landscape of the United States crude oil supply. (“Dakota Accesses Pipeline Clashes Turn Violent.”) The 1,172 mile pipeline would stretch from the oil rich Bakken Formation into South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. Articles from CNN claim that the oil potential in Bakken is massive. An estimated 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil is believed to be in the U.S. portion…

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