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Should the Dakota Access pipeline be stopped?

The Oceti Sakowin camp will be cleared out by North Dakota law enforcement, marking the beginning of the end for the #NoDAPL movement. Opponents of the pipeline have filed suit against the Dakota Access pipeline on the grounds that the pipeline's route violates the Standing Rock Sioux's religious freedom. Proponents of the pipeline say all the proper permitting has been completed, and it will strengthen U.S. energy infrastructure. What do you think?

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Americans are split on whether the Dakota Access pipeline should proceed—42 percent support it while 48 percent oppose it. 

The Standing Rock Sioux are opposing the pipeline on religious grounds. The tribe argues the pipeline's route takes it through ancestral burial grounds. As one protester put it, it's the same as if a developer is building a pipeline through Arlington National Cemetery. Not only that, the pipeline threatens to pollute the water source for millions of people. 

“The Lakota people believe that the pipeline correlates with a terrible Black Snake prophesied to come into the Lakota homeland and cause destruction. The Lakota believe that the very existence of the Black Snake under their sacred waters in Lake Oahe will unbalance and desecrate the water and render it impossible for the Lakota to use that water in their Inipi ceremony,” says a brief filed by the Cheyenne River Sioux early Thursday morning.
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The pipeline is creating jobs in construction. Some argue the pipeline will benefit the region in the long-run. The oil the pipeline is carrying will strengthen American energy independence while bringing much needed revenue to Midwestern states.  

The economic benefit to the construction of the pipeline with the state and local economies is an estimated $129 million annually to property and income taxes. The service industries will also see a benefit through additional income to hotels, restaurants, etc. Once the pipeline is operational, it is estimated that state and local governments can see an estimated $50 million annually in property taxes and $74 million in sales taxes for the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

The pipeline is safer than current methods of transporting oil. The manufacturer says the the pipeline will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that can detect leaks within moments and shut down the flow. 

These resources are important, which is why ETP also went above and beyond the state and federal requirements to ensure that our land and water resources would be protected in the unlikely case of a mishap. At the Missouri River crossing in Morton County specifically, the pipe will be 92 feet below the riverbed, which is 88 feet more than what the federal government requires. Gravity alone dictates that any leaks will not make it near the river, but despite that, ETP planned for additional safety features, including extra-thick steel and double walls to help prevent corrosion and mitigate any possible leaks. It will also have shut-off valves on both sides of the river so that if state-of-the-art monitoring technology senses even the slightest change in pressure, the section will be shut down until it can be inspected and repaired. The pipeline will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year by full-time operations maintenance staff, including aerial inspections every 10 days, which is more than the federal requirement of just 26 times per year. This pipeline truly will be among the most advanced in our nation. Should an incident occur, stringent regulations ensure that the company takes responsibility to remediate and reclaim land at its own expense.
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