In a recent article from the Williston Herald, Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak laid out some facts about buried pipelines that are being overlooked.
- The pipeline is to be drilled more than 90 feet below the water table—separated from the river by many layers of clay and shale
- The pipeline will have epoxy coatings to prevent corrosion, and its pressure will be monitored round-the-clock
- The pipe will also be thicker under the lake, and there will be block valves at either end so the particular section in question can be isolated in a worst case scenario
As Standing Rock Fact Checker frequently argues, crude rail is a more dangerous method for transporting oil from the Bakken Formation than pipelines.