A while back, Energy Transfer Partners, the firm that is building the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, the pipeline that has been such an item in the news as the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and their allies from all over the world, have fought to stop it’s progress, announced that it would take 60 days from the time that it received permission to drill under the Missouri River (the clean drinking water source of over 18 million Americans), to complete their pipeline. They received that permission 19 days ago. Yesterday, February 25th, 2017, ETP announced that they were finished drilling, and that oil would be flowing through their new pipeline in as little as two weeks. This means that they somehow completed the drilling in just 17 days from the day they received permission to drill, OR, they began drilling long before they had permission to do so.
It is exactly this type of disregard for the law, this feeling that they, as Multi-National Corporations are above the common man, and the very government the people have elected to serve their countries, that make these entities so dangerous. Now you might argue that they didn’t violate the law, that instead they really did wait for the permissions to be granted, and they just worked REALLY fast. Well maybe they did (I’m sure that’s what they want the legal system of the United States to believe). But if that IS what they did, then like my friend at TYT Politics, Jordan Cheritan points out in his segment where I was alerted to all of this (and to which I provide a link at the bottom of this article), then I hope you remember that not if, but when that pipeline bursts (because it will), then I hope you will remember that the company had no concern about building it correctly, only as fast as possible.
There is also another problem to worry about. Sort of like the old adage of leaping from the frying pan into the fire. This following excerpt from an article entitled “Leader in Oil Spills Buys Dakota Pipeline’s Energy Transfer Co.” in the November 21st, 2016 issue of Telesur explains the problem, and it’s anything but reassuring,
“Sunoco’s (the company planning to buy ETP) spill rate shows protesters may have reasons for concern about potential leaks at the Dakota pipeline.
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is set to buy its competitor Energy Transfer Partners — under fire over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline — for about US$20 billion, AP reported Monday. Shares for both companies fell in the afternoon by 8-9 percent.
Sunoco Logistics has been found to spill crude more often than any company, with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data…”
At any rate, there are several lawsuits in progress against both Dakota Access Pipeline, and President Trump at the time of this writing, and for explicit details about those suits, and what they entail, I would refer you to the first of the links below which will take you to the TYT Politics site, where Jordan Cheritan can be viewed talking about the drilling being completed, and the second link, which is Jordan once again at TYT Politics, but this time he is interviewing one of the people bringing suits against both DAPL, and President Trump. The third link is the source for my information on the purchase of Energy Transfer Partners by Sunoco, and is provided only as verification of my facts.
I’m posting this because the people of the Standing Rock Sioux won somewhat of a victory when President Obama finally ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to do an Environmental Impact Study, and when the Corp of Engineers agreed to accept input from the public. To suddenly give the company the go-ahead before either of those things have been completed is not only unlawful by the very laws of the United States (hence the lawsuits that have been initiated), but is morally reprehensible, and should not be seen in a developed country such as the US. This world-wide trend of valuing corporations over people has simply got to be resisted, until it is a thing of the past, and we are a civilized people once again.
Until next time, please stay safe, healthy, and happy.