Dakota Access Pipeline Already Had Its First Leak

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 14th, 2017 Last Updated on: May 14th, 2017

No one wants to say, “I told you so,” but this is what we were all afraid of. The Dakota Access Pipeline has already had a leak and it originally went unreported to the public due to the size.

From an NBC News interview:

“These kinds of spills do occur,” Rebecca Craven, program director at the Pipeline Safety Trust, told NBC News. “Sometimes they're contained on company property, and sometimes they do more damage as they escape off company property.”

The public often does not know about those types of leaks because of their size. Companies do not have to report oil pipeline leaks to the federal government unless they're over five barrels, which is 210 gallons of oil, and if they clean them up quickly.

The following is a statement from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II in response to reports of an oil spill from the Dakota Access pipeline along its South Dakota leg:

“The Dakota Access pipeline has not yet started shipping the proposed half million barrels of oil per day and we are already seeing confirmed reports of oil spills from the pipeline. This is what we have said all along: oil pipelines leak and spill. Our lawsuit challenging this dangerous project is ongoing and it’s more important than ever for the court to step in and halt additional accidents before they happen – not just for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and our resources but for the 17 million people whose drinking water is at risk.”

What do you guys think? Just a drop in the bucket and nothing to be concerned about? Or is this just a glimpse into bigger problems down the line?

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Annette Ciaramitaro

Please no more poisoning of Indian water and LANDS,all earth is one and what goes around comes around.Oil oligarchy ,must you poison yourselves!


I think anyone in favor of the pipeline should all share drinking the oil that leaks out of their pipeline. We need to develop other sources of energy. Rockefeller can rot in hell.


The oil industry uses the same false narrative it creates jobs, energy independence, its safe, and on and on. BS, when will the people take off their blinders and see for their own eyes what big business is doing to all of us?


I’m not surprised! The government lies, lies, lies! Money grubbing companies exploit our natural resources and no one in government cares!

Mary Yazel-muska

We need to honor our treaties.We have stollen first people’s land,taken their children away and murdered their people ,warriors and Chiefs.We need to get off oil and use alternative energy.It is not will it leak ,it has leaked and it will again.Mother Earth and it’s creatures need to come first,not greed .You can’t drink oil.


I agree with the Sioux Indians. Any spill is a healthy concern! spgmoon22

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