Dakota Access Pipeline Leaked 84 Gallons Of Oil In April
17 May, 2017, 12:57 | Author: Paula Vaughn
Responding to the South Dakota incident, Dallas Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network said, "We fear more spills will come to bear, which is an all too frequent situation with Energy Transfer Partners pipeline projects". Construction on the project is complete, and it's expected to be fully operational June 1.
"Our lawsuit challenging this risky project is ongoing, and it's more important than ever for the court to step in and halt additional accidents before they happen - not just for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and our resources but for the 17 million people whose drinking water is at risk", said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Dave Archambault II in a statement. "They haven't even turned the thing on and it's shown to be false", Jan Hasselman, a lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe said.
"From a legal perspective, the start of operations doesn't really mean much", Hasselman toldThinkProgress "If the permits were issued illegally, then they have to be vacated".
And while Energy Transfer Partners has long argued that the pipeline "is the safest and most environmentally sensitive way to transport crude oil", the pipeline has already suffered its first spill, despite not even being fully operational.
Meanwhile, in South Dakota, tribal attorneys are pressing for further environmental studies of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.
Early last month the controversial pipeline leaked roughly 84 gallons of crude oil in South Dakota. They must happen fairly often because according to Walsh, the state has 200 to 300 pipeline leaks every year.
The Associated Press is reporting the April 4 oil spill was relatively small, at approximately 84 gallons, and was quickly cleaned up, nor did it threaten any waterways. These incidents have been closely monitored by environmental protection groups and led to an announcement Thursday morning by federal officials that they would be halting drilling activity. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sent a letter on Wednesday prohibiting Texas-based Rover Pipeline from any new drilling activities until the company complies with new measures and receives authorization. Those wetlands, an Ohio EPA spokesman told ThinkProgress earlier this week, won't recover for decades. "It's just what happens".
Energy Transfer Partners adds that it occurred in a containment area, which has about six inches of gravel on top of a special, non-permeable liner covering the ground. "And here we are".
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