Breaking: Pipeline Spill Within 150 Miles of Standing Rock Only Reinforces Fears

CNBC is reporting the following this afternoon: Pipeline spills 176,000 gallons of crude into creek about 150 miles from Dakota Access protest camp:

A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. …

North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says a landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5 near the city of Belfield, which is roughly 150 miles from the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps.

More articles follow: CityLab;s “30 Years of Oil Spills” and MPR’s “In their own words: The ‘water protectors’ of Standing Rock.”

Also, check out the following:

CityLab: 30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Accidents, Mapped: The sheer number of incidents involving America’s fossil fuel infrastructure suggests environmental concerns should go beyond Standing Rock.

To better understand the extent of this damage, CityLab mapped out all significant pipeline accidents between 1986 and 2016, based on data compiled by Richard Stover, an environmental advocate and former research astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. According to Stover, these accidents have resulted in 548 deaths, 2,576 injuries, and over $8.5 billion in financial damages. …

“The oil industry says this [pipeline] is the safer way, but that doesn’t mean this is safe,” says Stover. “Property is damaged. People are killed. There is no way to safely transport fossil fuels.”

Today, MPR also ran a piece today: In their own words: The ‘water protectors’ of Standing Rock:


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