Tension Rises Over Dakota Access Pipline

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Tension is rising over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The $3.8 billion project will stretch more than one-thousand-miles, starting in North Dakota and ending in Illinois. Authorities just recently arrested a handful of people in in North Dakota.

Crews are working to connect the Dakota Access Pipeline less than 10-miles from Canton.  The project goes directly through Dale Gilbertson’s land. 

“I have no problem with it, so far I thought they’ve been good to deal with,” Dale Gilbertson, Land Owner, said.

And he knows what he’s talking about.  This isn’t the first pipeline to be built near his home.

“This is the fourth one, and the other three have never been a problem so,” Gilbertson said.

Dakota Access says the project will make it easier to transport crude oil from North Dakota to other states. However, not everyone near Canton agrees with the plan. 

I talked with another neighbor living near the pipeline who has some concerns about the surrounding environment.

The neighbor says her biggest worry is that the pipe will leak, but Gilbertson doesn’t share her concern.

“The chances of it happening have been quite narrow so far. They don’t have a lot of spills,” Gilbertson said.

He thinks the possibility of things going wrong is far greater on the land than underground.

“I think it’s personally safer on pipeline to transport this oil, than it is by rail or truck,” Gilbertson said.

Dakota Access says protecting landowner interests and the local environment are a top priority.  But those protests in North Dakota aren’t expected to quiet down anytime soon.

Shailene Woodley joins oil pipeline protest in North Dakota

Actress Shailene Woodley has joined a group of protesters in North Dakota demonstrating against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

The star of the “Divergent” movie series joined more than 200 protesters Thursday at a “spirit camp” established by the Standing Rock Sioux at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers.

The pipeline would start in North Dakota and pass through South Dakota and Iowa before ending in Illinois. Construction of the pipeline began this week just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Authorities say a dozen protesters were arrested Thursday evening were for disorderly conduct or criminal trespass. Woodley was not among those arrested.

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