The Dakota Access Pipeline is currently planned to traverse over 1,800 miles through the Dakotas, Iowa, and Illinois. While it has gotten much less attention in the media than the Keystone XL pipeline, it is nearly as long and brings with it many of the same concerns: native sovereignty, environmental risk-taking, and putting short-term profits above long-term good. I’ve gathered here a few articles and videos to address the history of this pipeline, as well as where it stands now.
Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff – From August 15, covering some of the history of this particular standoff.
Dakota Access Ruling Postponed – From August 24, U.S. District Court Judge Boasberg says he will need until September 9 to weigh all the evidence presented to him during a hearing on a suit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Army Corps of Engineers for approving the pipeline without consultation, in violation of their treaty rights.
Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline? – An interactive flowchart tracing the money so far spent and potential profits for various companies involved in the project.
And just last week, Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC gave an editorial comment putting the current struggle in historical context. It is very much worth viewing: