This battle has little or nothing to do with a pipeline buried right next to an existing thirty year old pipeline under a river. This is about trying to shut down the fossil fuels industry.
What’s sad is, we’re probably a hundred years away from even considering it, and we still need the oil. Next, this pipeline will carry 450K barrels of oil a day, which is currently shipped via rail car and truck. There is no question that pipelines are by far the safest from of transport for oil products. In essence, you are protesting something that will vastly enhance transport safety, and even better, once installed is virtually invisible. The farmers will be a lot happier too, their grain transport costs have skyrocketed because they currently have to compete for rail access.
I call people who trespass, occupy private land for months, burn up hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, throw Molotov cocktails and shoot at police officers terrorists and criminals, not protesters.
Timothy, the pipeline doesn’t cross their land, it crosses private property that the tribe CLAIM is ancestral land but does not control or own. In fact, the land the protesters are occupying is owned by the pipeline company. The construction equipment they destroyed is also owned by the pipeline company.
The pipeline follows a pipeline that already crosses the river in exactly the same spot, an easement and pipeline that have been operating for more than thirty years. The new pipeline was to be buried more than one hundred twenty feet below the bottom of the lake.
Meanwhile, not one drop of oil has been prevented from reaching the market. All this does is raise costs, and reduce safety, for everyone.