Environmental fears over DAPL overblown

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December 6, 2016
Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels  
Posted in Commentary

"The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is more than just a pipeline. It is a political hot potato. There are a lot of issues underlying the DAPL conversation, including indigenous peoples' access to ancestral lands, environmental concerns of a potential spill, water rights, and social justice. One false assumption is that rejecting the DAPL would result in fossil fuels staying in the ground. The lack of a pipeline has not stopped growth in oil production from the Bakken shale formation yet. This oil is currently transported by rail or road, where it has a significantly higher chance of spillage, explosion or tragedy. Higher prices will be passed on to consumers, a regressive policy that inordinately affects the poorest citizens. Climate change activists have also entered the fray." (12/06/16)

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