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The Dakota Access Pipeline should be stopped

The map of where the pipeline will cut through.

The map of where the pipeline will cut through.

Maya Arends, Staff Writer

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The Dakota  pipeline is a very dangerous, hardly beneficial idea, and we most definitely shouldn’t go through with the plan. Not only because it would destroy ancient Indian burial ground, but because there are many environmental hazards it will create.

 

Americans have been protesting against the oil corporations with their plan to build a pipeline running from North Dakota, through South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, to Illinois, for years.

 

Environmental activists finally had it under control and the idea had been dormant, until Donald Trump brought it up again during his campaign. During his speech in North Dakota he promised to allow the construction of the pipeline as his very first chance.

 

Many people looked at this as a positive. They think it’ll bring more money into this country and create many jobs, but what they don’t realize is that the crude oil they’ll be extracting is straight up garbage, chunky blocks of very dirty oil, and it’s not as good quality as oil from other countries.

 

The oil is dirty, because when crude oil is pumped out of the ground, it’s pumped out along with a mixture of water, carbon dioxide, sulfur and microorganisms. If enough of these contaminants collect in a steel pipe, they’ll work together to “eat away” at its inner surface, which can be a cause for a pipe to break and create oil spills.

 

As stated in The Slate article, “My Pipeline’s Corroded” if cancerous chemicals, such as benzene, are not used to break down the chunks and push the oil through the pipes, the oil will corrode, which means it will build up and stress the pipe until it bursts, which means the land being used across the country is very susceptible to becoming polluted, and the people living near the oil spills caused will be greatly affected by the chemicals being secreted from the pipes.

 

Another thing that people don’t realize is, once the pipeline is fully built, almost everyone involved with the construction will be laid off and only about 40 jobs will become permanent, as stated by CNN.

 

Building this pipeline barely brings anything positive to this country and definitely shouldn’t be passed. It’s up to us to stop this from polluting our country, sign this petition to end the destruction of our land.

 

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-dakota-access-pipeline

 

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