The Dakota access pipeline is a pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline’s purpose is to enable the transport of domestically produced light sweet crude oil to refining markets in a more cost effective way.
The problem with this is although it may seem harmless, the project could have a big effect on the environment. It could cause things such as oil spills, more pollution, and the further endangerment of already endangered animals. Also one of the biggest problems that people have with it is that it passes through standing rock, a reservation that houses many different Native American tribes. Their concern is that the pipeline could harm the sacred grounds that is passes through.
Social media has played a huge role in all of this and environmental justice as a whole. It has helped get the word out about protests, the reason for them and what the courts are saying. Also people have been using it to show what happens at these protests with pictures and videos. Hashtags such as #NoDAPL, #StandWithStandingRock, and #HonorTheTreaties have been the things that carry the solidarity these protests have created. I think that if they keep these protests up then something great could prosper from them.
Norway's Largest Bank Sells Assets in Dakota Access Pipeline Company
This article talks about how the largest bank in Norway has been in the talks about canceling the three loans the bank has given to finance the Dakota access pipeline. I think this is one small step for the Native American people protesting this pipeline. Although the bank may have not done this because of the protests, it still helps.
In head of all this I feel the American people should stand behind the native Americans in protesting this pipeline. I feel as though if the government listened to them and tried to acknowledge that this is sacred land to them they would realize what is the problem in all of this. I also feel if that is the attitude going into any situation than we could have a more environmentally just country.