Deepening Your Analysis (Post Four)

“We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.” -Confucius

In Shawn McCoy’s article published January 2017 on ProQuest, entitled What the Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Aren’t Telling You, he informs us that the protesters are wrongly begging for our sympathy. McCoy taught me in this article to be more cautious in what information I believe, even if coming from the most reputable source, the information that they received first hand may be false. McCoy believes that they win our sympathy because they “tell an emotionally charged tale of greed, racism, and misbehavior by corporate and government officials.” The protesters are using their past to gain our sympathy in order to take their side. Unlike the Energy Transfer Partners, the only way the Standing Rock Sioux tribe can keep their land is by sympathy, as they don’t have billions of dollars. McCoy later tells us that they lying to us to support them in their battle, he says, “The real story of the Dakota Access Pipeline was revealed in court documents in September, and it is nothing like the activists’ tale. In fact, it is the complete opposite.” He believes that only the protesters are getting attention from the media, and they are relaying false information.

Police in Riot Gear Against Protesters (Photo Credit: NBC)

Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline fought tough battles in order to keep their land safe from the Energy Transfer Partners, according to this article they will stop at nothing and stoop as low as they must in order to get their way. Believing that the protesters needed our support against an “evil corporation”, myself and many others blindly supported the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their battles. In McCoy’s article he defends the Energy Transfer Partners in this quote,”The record shows that Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, spent years working diligently with federal, state, and local officials to route the pipeline safely and with the fewest possible disruptions.” The Energy Transfer Partners did not rush the pipeline and are not as “money hungry” as we were told by protesters, the Energy Transfer Partners took their time and many precautions to verify that their route was safe.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (Photo Credit:

McCoy gives examples of false information given from protesters. The protesters claimed that the Army Corps of Engineers did not respond when the Standing Rock Sioux tribe pursued meetings with them when in fact, records show the roles were reversed. Tribal leaders ignored requests from the Corps for comments on the permit application and canceled 5 meetings with them. He later says that “At a planned meeting the next month, the tribe took the pipeline off the agenda and refused to discuss it.” The tribe had no intention of discussing the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, then acted completely blindsided when the Energy Transfer Partners had permission to begin building it. Everything the protesters say is intriguing to the media, especially the dramatic and emotional stories because everyone is interested in the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the magnitude they are willing to go to in order to fight for their land.

McCoy, S. (2017). What the dakota access pipeline protesters aren’t telling you. Pipeline & Gas Journal, 244(1), 2. Retrieved from

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