Tribes and people of Native American decent have been fighting to save the sacred land. The fight has been full of controversy, with both sides debating the legality of the pipeline. The majority opinion at this moment is that it is illegal because it takes a water source and damages burial grounds, but federal law states that this is an exception. According to “Legal Insurrection” on Aug 3, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S.
Department of Justice have determined that although the route of the pipeline crosses land considered sacred by Native Americans, this is permitted under the 1851 treaty between the United States and Sioux Nation. On Facebook, a parent posted saying that it is difficult for teens to realize this because they don’t want to see their culture get taken away from them.
The pipeline does seem like a necessity in our society today. The US is experiencing an energy shortage, people have a lot of power outages and natural gas is hard to come by. With the problems of the pipeline comes the concerns for environment and safety, which are disputed in these debates. On Facebook, a family shared a quote that says “The richness of life comes from being connected to our one Earth…Greed has no place in nature.”
Proponents of the pipeline argue that this will save people money by lessening their cost of gas and giving them access to more fossil fuel. According to “Legal Insurrection” by William A Estrada, these same arguments were used to promote the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and it turned out to be false.
“Legal Insurrection” by William A Estrada is arguing that the pipeline will not save people money. He argues that the pipeline will not lessen a person’s cost of gas or fuel because their tax money will be used to fund this project, so everyone including those who don’t live in areas near the pipeline will still have to pay for it when they purchase gasoline.
He also claims that the oil companies are making money from this. He argues that there is no need for them to build a pipeline, because they already have access to an abundance of fossil fuel and that this oil should not be used or sold. He does not argue against the use of renewable energy, but only against the use of fossil fuel energy.
It is currently being debated whether or not children should be allowed to go to schools that are near the pipeline. Some argue that children will be exposed to toxic waste and could get sick. If a child gets sick, then the parent(s) will have to take time off from work and spend money on medical care for their child. Because of this, some people believe it is not a good idea for children to attend school near the pipeline. According to “Legal Insurrection” , The pipeline runs through parts of South Dakota and North Dakota. Some people believe this will put children at risk if they attend school near the pipeline. There has been an increase in earthquakes in these states because the pipeline has been drilled.
The weather can be a very powerful factor in what is happening. The weather has been extremely hot and dry, which is setting the mood for this fight. It is known that when the weather is hot and dry, people have a very difficult time maintaining their patience with each other. This being said, it could lead to violence if the anger towards one another gets too high or things go wrong. According to “Legal Insurrection” , the weather has been unfavorable in South Dakota, a state that is seen as more conservative than others. In this “legal insurrection” article, it says that when the weather is not good and it makes people angry, they can start to fight. [More…]
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Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2008 18:39:34 -0500
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Transportation & Commuting
The transportation that people use to get to and from work is a very important part in the fight for this pipeline. Whether you are for or against the pipeline, you will most likely still have to drive through Sioux county, or go to one of the many stores. This means that people will have to deal with the traffic that comes along with this decision. According to “Legal Insurrection” the route can be divided up into three parts:
Sargent, SD to Sioux Falls, SD Packinghouse Bakery, Sioux Falls to Lower Brule Sioux City Bridge, Omaha to Fort Thompson Granger/Keystone Crossing, Mayville to Wessington Springs Spillover area from Nebraska or Iowa