Dakota Access Pipeline - Standing Rock Sioux encampment
near St. Anthony, North Dakota
September 26, 2016
The Dakota Access Pipeline under construction, will transport light, sweet crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois.
The Standing Rock Sioux, whose tribal lands are a half-mile south of the proposed route, say the pipeline would desecrate sacred burial and prayer sites, and could leak oil into the Missouri and Cannon Ball rivers, on which the tribe relies for water.
Opposition to the pipeline has drawn support from 200 Native American tribes, as well as from activists and celebrities.
Energy Transfer Partners—one of the major stakeholders in the controversial Dakota Access pipeline—bought over 6,000 acres of land surrounding the line’s route in North Dakota, according to several media reports over the weekend.