Despite claims, Dakota Access followed necessary approval steps regarding cultural sites

Recently, a group of archaeologists made news by signing a letter that opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline. The letter claims that, “the cultural resources survey did not involve proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes in the region.”

As Standing Rock Fact Checker has previously covered, meaningful consultation was provided to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and there were several consultations the Tribe chose not to engage in.…

Chris Berg Highlights out-of-staters co-opting #NoDAPL protest

As the protest near Cannonball continues, the largely illegal protesting has begun to see predictable results: arrests.

Following a particularly heavy weekend of protests, some have started to take a closer look into who exactly is being taken into custody. KX4’s Chris Berg, who has previously called out inaccurate claims from Dakota Access Pipeline opposition, noted important facts being overlooked once again.…

MAIN Coalition statement regarding recent D.C. Circuit Court announcement

In response to the recent announcement from the D.C. Circuit Court on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction, MAIN Coalition spokesman Craig Stevens issued the following statement:

We respect the process and appreciate the Court moving as quickly as possible to hear the facts. Judge Boasberg was very clear in his thoughtful and thorough opinion that the Army Corps of Engineers followed the letter of the law by consulting with 55 tribes at least 389 times, as well as hosting hundreds of other consultations with members of local communities across the pipeline’s route.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s New Drinking Water Source Could be Impacted by Crude in Rail Cars

The Dakota Access pipeline doesn’t cross Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation land, but a large crude-transporting railroad track does.

The map below shows where a railroad crosses both the reservation and Missouri River, carrying the same crude oil near a Tribe water source.

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It’s worth noting that this raises significant safety concerns given rail incidents are much more common than pipeline accidents—around five times as high.…

Tribal Nations Active in Oil and Gas Exploration; Raises Questions on Pipeline Opposition

Native communities like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe appear vehemently opposed to any and all oil and gas industry activity near reservation land, but for more than 30 years, tribal communities have benefited from energy development on their lands.

As Standing Rock Fact Checker has discussed, oil and gas production in Native communities is booming.…

Others tell a different story | Few complaints on Illinois’ end of $3.8 billion pipeline project

Contrary to the way many view the Dakota Access pipeline, a recent piece in The State Journal-Register highlights the fact that public opinion may not be as one-sided as it may appear.

Below are some testimonials from community members in Illinois, Dakota Access’ terminus:

Morgan County highway engineer Matt Coultas: “I remember another pipeline that came through the area a few years ago, and this has been most pleasurable compared to that.