Oil currently moves throughout North America by rail. These trains carry oil through the hearts of towns across the United States. It's a disaster waiting to happen.
Oil shipments by rail are 4 1/2 times more likely to have a spill or incident than those pumped through a pipeline, says a report from the Fraser Institute, which examined data from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board and Transport Canada between 2003 and 2013.
However, these benefits are offset if the allegations that DAPL will be built on sacred ground are true. It is unacceptable to destroy a group's cultural heritage, especially in such a flippant manner.
The case is especially egregious because the Standing Rock Sioux were seeking an injunction to halt construction. Instead of waiting for a verdict from the court, Dakota Access went forward and destroyed many of the sites. On Tuesday, the judge in the case granted an emergency restraining order blocking further construction, but he permitted some construction where the sites had been discovered.