The Truth About Oil Pipelines

For several months, there has been quite a lot of controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline.  On Tuesday, President Trump signed an order to continue construction of the pipeline, which was halted under his predecessor.  This has reignited debates about the Dakota Access line and the safety of pipelines in general.

Protesters of the pipeline have used lies, fear, and violence to attempt to stop the DAPL.  From the lies about it crossing Indian territory and disturbing sacred graves that ultimately didn’t exist, attacking pipeline workers and setting fire to debris in the path of the pipeline, to the fear of the pipeline leaking into the water supply.   So here are the facts about pipelines that the protesters and the left don’t want you to know.

1 – Pipelines are the safest and cost effective way of transporting large amounts of oil.

2 – According to the Northern Gateway Partnership, a panel to investigate the environmental impact of pipelines, there is only a 0.2% probability per year that any pipeline would erupt.

3 – While pipeline spills do happen, they are rare in comparison to the amount of pipeline in the U.S. and are getting rarer as modern safety precautions are introduced.

4 – Trains, trucks, and ships hauling oil are far more likely to spill than a pipeline.

5 – 1,300 barrels of oil a day seep naturally into the Gulf of Mexico.  The far exceeds that of any daily pipeline occurrences.

6 – Run-off from roads, agriculture, and industries are more destructive to water supplies than pipelines.

While there is no doubt that pipeline accidents do happen, although many accidents amount to little to no oil being spilled, there is always room for improvement.  The point of this article is not to excuse pipeline accidents but to show that there are far more dangerous things out there that put our drinking water at risk, especially when we are talking about the DAPL pipeline.  A pipeline that isn’t even built yet.

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