Posts Tagged ‘ Dakota Access Pipeline ’

Environmental fears over DAPL overblown

December 6, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels  

"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)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/environmental-fears-over-dapl-overblown  

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North Dakota: US Army Corps of Engineers puts the kibosh on Dakota Access oil pipeline

December 5, 2016
posted by

Beloit Daily News    

"U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten a water source and cultural sites. North Dakota's leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a 'serious mistake' that 'prolongs the dangerous situation' of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather." (12/04/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OIL_PIPELINE_PROTEST?SITE=WIBEL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-12-04-16-55-13  

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The real reason to oppose the Dakota access pipeline

November 30, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"In spite of the blatant violation to private property that eminent domain presents, many conservative politicians -- the same ones who claim to support property rights -- also support eminent domain. Indeed, during the Republican debates this year, Republican candidates expressed unwavering support for eminent domain when pressed on the topic of oil pipelines. Republicans have even begun supporting eminent domain for seizure of private lands for private uses. Historically, eminent domain was restricted (at least in theory) to public uses such as highways. The use of eminent domain for private uses, such as a Trump hotel in one case and privately-owned shopping centers in others, has long been seen as an abuse." (11/30/16)

https://mises.org/blog/real-reason-oppose-dakota-access-pipeline  

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The tyranny at Standing Rock: The government’s divide-and-conquer strategy is working

November 30, 2016
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John W. Whitehead OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead  

"What we're witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government's battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: battlefield tactics, military weaponry and a complete suspension of the Constitution. Militarized police. Riot and camouflage gear. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Drones. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Concussion grenades. Arrests of journalists. Intimidation tactics. Brute force. This is what martial law looks like, when a government disregards constitutional freedoms and imposes its will through military force. Only this is martial law without any government body having to declare it." (11/29/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Tyranny-at-Standing-Ro-by-John-Whitehead-Protest_Standing-Rock-161129-431.html  

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ND: 167 injured in Dakota Access police riot

November 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"An estimated 400 Dakota Access pipeline demonstrators clashed early Monday morning with police at a highway barrier manned by dozens of officers. Advancing protesters met a police response of tear gas, rubber bullets and a water cannon that soaked them in below-freezing temperatures. The protesters gathered near Backwater Bridge, trying to go north on highway 1806 while law enforcement officers formed a line north of the bridge to stop them. Protest organizers say 167 people were hurt, with seven hospitalized for head injuries. Police claim they have 'not received any reports that can be verified of protesters that were injured,' and say one officer was hit in the head with a rock.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/dakota-access-protesters-police-standoff-officials/story?id=43681953  

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Dakota Access Pipeline’s real moral problem: Property rights for Native Americans

November 17, 2016
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Rev. Gregory Jensen  

"Environmental protests that spring up around development projects on tribal lands point to an underlying systematic injustice. Native Americans often lack property rights to their traditional lands and waters. The protests now going on over the Dakota Access Pipeline are in part symptomatic of this gap. Resolving environmental conflicts between Native Peoples and developers is a good thing. But if the legal ownership of indigenous people to their own lands is left unresolved, then even the best-crafted 'solution' merely ratifies the dependence of Native Americans on outside parties. Being dependent means being vulnerable to harm even by well-meaning others." (11/16/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/11/16/dakota-access-pipelines-real-moral-problem-proper  

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Dakota Access versus the American way

October 30, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"For more than a century and a half the US government has selectively ignored its treaties with the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes whenever those treaties threaten to stymie the plans of corporations with friends in government. Successfully holding Washington to its word this time might give the politicians and their cronies pause next time. And even if letting the US government use treaties as toilet paper just because it can wasn't an incredibly corrosive idea, keep in mind that it's not just the Sioux who are getting mugged. Private land owners all along the pipeline's 1,100 mile route are feeling the pain, too." (10/29/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8151  

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ND: Using pepper spray and bean bags, police attack pipeline protesters

October 27, 2016
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Boston Globe    

"Law enforcement officers wearing riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray on Thursday ousted protesters from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Hundreds of armed state and local police and National Guard -- some on foot and others driving trucks, military Humvees and buses -- began the operation at midday and slowly enveloped the camp, arresting more than a dozen protesters who refused to leave." [editor's note: I've read several versions of this story, all of which say the camp was on "private land" without identifying an owner or specifying that the owner had complained. I won't be surprised if the pipeline company stole this land using eminent domain and is now pretending to "own" it - TLK] (10/27/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/10/27/police-begin-arresting-pipeline-protesters-north-dakota/CLdX6lS1Ae4Wtssuji6vKO/story.html  

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The future of the Dakota Access Pipeline

October 27, 2016
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The Dakota Access Pipeline project has been most morally vulnerable at Standing Rock. But its physical vulnerability is a different matter altogether. The pipeline project is physically most vulnerable, not where the opposition to continuing its construction is most visible, but where it has already been completed. The Standing Rock protests have held up completion of the pipeline itself. But whether or not it's completed, a completed pipeline that doesn't transport oil is as good as no pipeline at all. Better, in fact, because it's a sunk cost on the balance sheet and a lesson for those considering similar projects in the future." (10/26/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46708  

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What the anti-pipeline protestors get right

September 23, 2016
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Aaron White  

"Between poorly defined property rights over natural resources and the widespread use of eminent domain, the Sioux aren't just protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the cronyism that enabled it. The values the Standing Rock Sioux are protesting for are not rooted solely in culture or the environment, but in property rights. The multitude of overlapping groups standing up against this construction project have one thing in common: people should be free to use their justly acquired property as they please." (09/22/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/22/anti-pipeline-protestors-get-right/  

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Feds stop pipeline work after tribe loses court battle

September 10, 2016
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Las Vegas Review-Journal    

"The federal government stepped into the fight over the Dakota Access oil pipeline Friday, ordering work to stop on one segment of the project in North Dakota and asking the Texas-based company building it to 'voluntarily pause' action on a wider span that an American Indian tribe says holds sacred artifacts. The government's order came minutes after a judge rejected a request by the Standing Rock Sioux to halt construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline. The tribe, whose cause has drawn thousands to join their protest, has challenged the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to grant permits for the pipeline at more than 200 water crossings." (09/10/16)

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/government-stops-pipeline-work-after-tribe-looses-court-battle  

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Tribe files emergency request to stop Dakota Access Pipeline

September 6, 2016
posted by

CNN    

"The battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline has intensified, with heated protests and an attempt for an emergency halt in construction. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion Sunday for a temporary restraining order 'to prevent further destruction of the tribe's sacred sites by Dakota Access Pipeline,' it said. ... The tribe wants to halt further construction on an area 2 miles west of North Dakota Highway 1806, near Lake Oahe, until a judge rules on its previous motion to stop construction, the tribe said." (09/05/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/05/us/dakota-access-pipeline/  

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