Standing Rock or Shaking Down

Fact: The Dakota Access Pipeline traverses a path on private property and does not cross into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation. 100% of landowners in North Dakota voluntarily signed easements to allow for construction of the pipeline on their property.

Fact: 389 meetings took place between the U.S. Army Corps and 55 tribes about the Dakota Access project. In addition the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met individually with the U.S. Army Corps nearly a dozen times to discuss archaeological and other surveys conducted to finalize the Dakota Access route.

Fact: Dakota Access Pipeline was routed to parallel existing infrastructure, such as the Northern Border Pipeline and high voltage transmission power lines.

Fact: The Missouri River intake serving the Tribe is being switched to Mobridge, South Dakota, nearly 50 miles south of the current water intake and about 70 miles south of the planned Dakota Access river crossing. The Fort Yates water intake system has been slated for abandonment since 2003. In fact, the tribes as a whole have received more than $41 million in federal grant money for the purpose of rebuilding new intake systems, and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe received at least $26 million of this total.

Fact: The Standing Rock Sioux tribal council accepted $375,000 in donations from wind farm companies.

Fact: oil producers will pay around $8 per barrel to move their crude through Dakota Access. Contracts, signed back in 2014, the price of oil was 70 to 80 bucks a barrel. Today prices hover around $40 or $50 a barrel. “For sure, Energy Transfer Partners are concerned with delivering the pipeline by the end of the year, because otherwise they have to renegotiate their contracts, and no shipper who made terms in 2014 wants to renegotiate in 2017,” says Stockman. Energy Transfer Partners probably can’t count on making $8 per barrel.

Oh and Financial disclosure forms released earlier this year show that Trump has a stake in Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based firm behind the pipeline, and Phillips 66, which will hold a share of the project once completed.

The whole Standing Rock protests is not what it seems, it is to get a new transport contract and everybody is trying to make a quick buck is it just another shake down?


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