I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux
I posted this comment in response to a DAPL DENIER earlier. I guess they didn't appreciate my reasoning for supporting the Stand with Standing Rock Sioux..
You do know what that squiggly blue line represents....right? All of you people who think this is "just another pipeline" are right. But you also live in the city, or in areas where your ground water won't burn as it comes out of the tap. As it does for the 10's of thousands who rely on well water within 50 miles of hydraulic fracture drilling. Or have not dealt first hand with the long term consequences of petroleum spills. A tiny example. Kirtland Air Force Base here in Albuquerque. A underground jet fuel tank sprung a leak small enough it wasn't noticed for 10 years. They stopped using that tank 15 years ago. After local residents complained of contaminated ground water for 7 years. The US Government putzed around for another 5 years before beginning clean up. I was estimated that approximately 50,000 gallons leaked into the ground over a 10 year span. They have now spent in the neighborhood of 3 BILLION DOLLARS in clean up and have yet to make a sizable dent in TEN YEARS. Meanwhile the groundwater is toxic as far away the neighboring community of Los Lunas 25 MILES AWAY. Despite numerous petitions and long ongoing legal battles. NO REPARATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE. ...........The DAPL I believe is to be a 46" pipe capable of several thousand gallons per hour under tremendous pressure. Even with all of the safety protocols in place and operating perfectly, any leak equals several thousand gallons. Which will then rise to the surface as oil is prone to do and immediately contaminate the river for hundreds of miles........Just as the Toxic sludge from the Gold King mine outside of Durango Colorado has done to 2 rivers affecting 3 states. That was now more than a year ago. So far NO ATTEMPTS at clean up have been made. The EPA who is directly responsible for the spill has put up a pittance of 500,000 dollars in damages to landowners, but still deny any fault.........In case it goes unnoticed? Oil companies are even worse to deal with. Their bank accounts are bottomless [at least until the oil runs out] and they use the law and la