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This is why people are angry about the Dakota Pipeline


If you’ve been seeing angry posts lately about the Dakota Pipeline, you might be wondering what’s going on.

Good question.

The Dakota Access Pipeline would give the United States access to what’s believed to be about 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil underground where Montana and North Dakota meet Canada.

The pipeline itself is 1,172 miles long and would transport 470,000 barrels of oil per day. That’s a ton.

OK, so why’s everyone flipping their lids about it? It just so happens to run right through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation. The people living there and Native American advocates say the pipeline will destroy burial and prayer sites, and culturally significant artifacts.

Also? The pipeline may not be great for the environment.

The Sioux tribe has filed an emergency request for a restraining order, which would prevent further construction of the line.

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This is why people are angry about the Dakota Pipeline

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder or BriannaSnyder.com

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