Pipeline Poses Health Hazards for SiouxSeptember 28, 2016 |
by Nissreen Taha
The North Dakota Pipeline is an ongoing $3.7 billion project that could create 8,000-12,000 construction jobs. By carrying roughly 470,000 barrels of oil per day from the fields of North Dakota to Illinois, it has the potential to generate $156 million in sales and income taxes for local and state governments.
Concern has arisen over the project’s potential endangerment to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation is located just south of the pipeline’s projected path, The pipeline puts their sacred sites in danger of being destroyed and their health and environment at serious risk.