Dakota Access Pipeline Project: Sacrificing Our Culture to Meet Human Demands

Written by: Sherlene

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a plan for a 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter underground pipeline to be built connecting crude oil production areas in North Dakota to Illinois. The aim for this project is to boost the amount of domestically produced crude oil to meet demands in the US. This will initiate a more independent country with is less reliant on foreign imports.

There are a number of benefits to this project such as a greater economy as this project will provide 8,000 to 12,000 jobs for construction and 40 permanent jobs for operation. For the construction of a pipeline, welders, mechanics, electricians, pipefitters, heavy equipment operators and others will be needed. Companies that manufacture steel pipes, fittings, valves, pumps and control devices will also benefit.

On the other hand, the $3.7 million project has its fair share of disadvantages that make you think twice. The route that was originally planned for the pipeline, was across sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This project would have the risk of contaminating water supplies and endangering the safety and health of the public.

Since this became known, many people, including celebrities and the Standing Rock Sioux tribal members, have protested against this project and have created the movement “Water is Life”. Most famously, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars actor and celebrity, Shailene Woodley, joined a protest and was arrested, strip-searched and landed in a court case. Does this sound right to you?

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also joined demonstrators outside the White House. He tweeted: “Our job now is to break our dependence on fossil fuels. Otherwise future generations will look back and say, ‘what were you thinking?’”

What do you think? Will this project benefit us or will it lead to future complications?



Cabral, Angelica, 2016. Opponents of Dakota oil pipeline protest across USA. Available at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/15/dakota-pipeline-protest-across-us/93937858/ (17 November 2016)

Energy Transfer, date unknown. The Route. (Update unknown) Available at: http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/ (20 November 2016)

UNKNOWN, 2016. Actor Shailene Woodley on Her Arrest, Strip Search and Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance. Available at: https://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/24/arrested_actor_shailene_woodley_why_do (20 November 2016)


Him, Joe; Berman, Mark; 2016. Federal government moves to halt oil pipeline construction near Standing Rock Sioux tribal land. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/09/09/federal-judge-denies-standing-rock-sioux-tribes-request-to-stop-work-on-four-state-oil-pipeline/?utm_term=.1ca15498362d (22 November 2016)


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