Sending forked smoke signals

A guest post from long-time reader J-Bob … who should not be confused with Bob, the Bluebird of Bitterness, who is a totally different gender:

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is an 1172-mile project, starting at the northwest corner of North Dakota near Canadian border and ending at an existing oil terminal in Patoka, Illinois, about 60 miles east of St. Louis.

DAPL maps from J-Bob

DAPL has stirred opposition on three fronts:  1. The Sioux tribe sees it as a threat to sacred burial grounds; 2. environmentalists worry about its impact on area water sources; and 3. infrastructure experts challenge its necessity.

Do the arguments against DAPL have merit?  Economists and cost-benefit analysts are better equipped to debate the third point, but what about the threat to grave sites and ground water tables?  Valid concerns?

Knee-jerks said “Hell No, DAPL has got to go!” then banded together with other errant moonbeams and indolent riff-raff for a massive show of public outrage and merriment.  And what did they do?  Surprise!  Partied hearty, smoked lots mota, swilled lotsa swag, got lotsa air-time, left behind lotsa trash and left someone else to pick up the clean-up tab.

Skeptics said “Not so fast!” then joined with other inquisitive minds to study a map of America.  And what did they find?  Surprise!  Lotsa pipelines transporting lotsa oil and natural gas, quite a few in North Dakota, by the way, with one pipeline – Northern Border Pipeline Co. – already crossing the disputed territory since 1983, with not a squawk from anyone.

Hmm.  Sioux tribe sending forked smoke signals?  Imagine that.

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