Dakota Access Protestors Ignore, or Don’t Understand, the Facts on Cattle Fencing

On various social media outlets, Dakota Access protestors are accusing construction crews of fencing in wild buffalo and depriving them of food and water. This is, yet again, more misinformation perpetuated by activists who frequently jump to their own conclusions.

Recent video posts from Digital Smoke Signals and other social media profiles have accused Dakota Access officials of trapping wild buffalo away from food or water so they can continue construction on the pipeline.…

MAIN Coalition Statement on Potential Dakota Access Announcement

Following recent news that a decision on the Dakota Access pipeline could come “within days”, below is a statement from the MAIN Coalition. Today marks the 63rd day since the Obama Administration put a hold on issuing the already-approved final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline – specifically the area abutting Lake Oahe – the final piece of the 1,172 mile pipeline.…

Refuting Some of the Most Common Dakota Access Myths

CLAIM: Dakota Access will affect drinking water.

TRUTH: The US Army Corps of Engineers, over their two year review and permitting process, found that the materials and methods used by Dakota Access LLC will pose a minimal risk to the Missouri River.

“Given the HDD approach used for both crossings and the avoidance of impacts that results from this technique, the attempt to cross at a narrow expanse of the river further limiting risk, the reduced potential for impacts resulting from the HDD process, movement of a pump station away from the River at the request of the Corps, the necessity to cross the Missouri River in at least one location, and the federal programs governing response actions, the risk to water resources from this crossing are minimal.”

 

CLAIM: Dakota Access is not safe to cross the Missouri River and should not be built.…

Bloomberg Editorial Highlights Facts on Dakota Access

In the latest editorial to address the Dakota Access Pipeline, Bloomberg highlighted some of the more important points to remember about the project and other energy infrastructure projects.

According to Bloomberg:

“Reducing emissions — is the right one, but their methods –opposing and sabotaging pipelines — are wrong.”

Net emissions will be reduced via the Dakota Access project and protestors have no right to illegally and violently protest a project that has been fully approved over the past two years.…

Richard Kuprewicz “Report” on USACE EA for Dakota Access Deficient, Flawed

Richard Kuprewicz recently released a supposed report – more akin to commentary – on the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Dakota Access’ pipeline. This report, just 10 pages in length, stands in direct contrast to the 160-page (over 1,200 pages if you include all the appendices) assessment from the Corps.…

The Facts on Net Emissions, Energy Infrastructure, and Dakota Access

One of the most common claims made about the Dakota Access Pipeline, championed by environmental activists and some elected officials, is that the Dakota Access pipeline will be “disastrous” for global carbon emissions. Citing “calculations” some claim that the Dakota Access Pipeline will equate to tens of millions of cars on the road or several dozen coal plants.…

The New York Times Repeats Debunked Dakota Access Myths

In recent editorials, the Washington Post and the New York Times addressed the Dakota Access pipeline and the ongoing protest. While The Post highlighted two important the facts regarding the pipeline, the Times focused on 3 disproven myths.

Two facts about the Dakota Access pipeline as noted by the editorial board of the Washington Post:

Not on reservation land: “Federal courts and the Obama administration are in the process of sorting that out, though the fact that the pipeline would not be built on reservation land and follows the route of an existing gas line undercuts their case.”

The Post is correct.…

Video of Tribal Elder Telling Local Police “We’re With You On This?”

Despite national media coverage, which portrays the protesters at Standing Rock as a unified front, divisions between elements of the tribe and more radical activists are becoming readily apparent.

In a video posted to the SayAnything Blog, a tribal elder named Robert spoke with law enforcement officers as they advanced toward a barricade blocking Highway 1806 this week.…

Setting the Record Straight on Dakota Access’ Lake Oahe Route Crossing

Recently, Dakota Access protesters have inaccurately claimed many things about the project’s route. These inaccuracies have spread into mainstream media and it is important to clarify the blatant falsities many are using to challenge the project.

The following are the facts about Dakota Access. The pipeline route, commonly referred to as the Lake Oahe route, was always the intended and preferred route. …