On August 15, 2016, at the regular monthly meeting, the group agreed to learn more about the Standing Rock community that is protecting their waters from a potentially hazardous oil pipeline, and to support them.
The oil pipeline is named Dakota Access and this is the description from the corporate website of Energy Transfer [http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/]:
The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a new approximate 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible manner. The pipeline will also reduce the current use of rail and truck transportation to move Bakken crude oil to major U.S. markets to support domestic demand.
It will transport approximately 470,000 barrels per day with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day or more – which could represent approximately half of Bakken current daily crude oil production. Shippers will be able to access multiple markets, including Midwest and East Coast markets as well as the Gulf Coast via the Nederland, Texas crude oil terminal facility of Sunoco Logistics Partners.
The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is up-to-date at Wikipedia including maps, governance, protest summary, and web links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_Rock_Indian_Reservation. The home page of the community has a clear, easy procedure for giving donations to their cause. The website of Stand Rock has current news, sample letters and contacts to relevant agencies and legislators.
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