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posted by mrpg on Saturday May 13 2017, @11:58AM   Printer-friendly
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The Dakota Access pipeline already had its first leak – 84 gallons of oil – at a pump station in South Dakota in early April, sparking outrage and calling into question its environmental safety.

[...] The report of the spill can be found on the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources website. The agency apparently did not make any official announcement on the incident as it was relatively minor and had no environmental impact, according to Brian Walsh, a scientist with the department, as cited by the Guardian. The site "was cleaned up right away," the official added as quoted by ABC news.

The spill occurred less than 110 miles from Lake Oahe, which supplies Sioux tribes with water.

Source: Dakota Access pipeline suffers oil leak even before becoming operational

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday May 14 2017, @08:29AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday May 14 2017, @08:29AM (#509393) Journal

    Please tell me the benefits of this pipeline. 30 maintenance jobs. Hmmm.. All the oil exported from the gulf to be shipped to China for refinery. Oh please enlighten me.

    Let's consider these really obvious benefits which you apparently can't see. First, the oil didn't magically come out of the ground. There are plenty of jobs involved in pulling it out of the ground which are being supported here. IIRC, we're looking at increasing the oil shipped out of the Dakota region by about 50%. Second, there's nothing magical about this oil that requires it to be shipped to China to be refined. In fact, the whole point of shipping it to the Gulf Coast as opposed to shipping it to the West Coast is to take advantage of the infrastructure and markets there, such as refineries and the biggest developed world market for oil. Third, to continue on the previous observation, the whole China export propaganda is completely unfounded. It is interesting how when I google around, I see so many unsubstantiated assertions without even the slightest attempt at justification.

    Fourth, even if it were precisely as you say, that would be bettering the lives of a billion Chinese and supporting a global trade network - people don't move oil around just because they hate Mother Earth.