It’s easy to overlook facts when issues strike an emotional chord. The saying goes that everyone is entitled to their own opinion; but not their own facts. Unfortunately, it appears that opinions have already trumped facts when it comes to the Dakota Access pipeline.
For those unfamiliar, the Dakota Access project is a 1,172-mile pipeline from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to major markets across the United States. The $3.78 billion project will create nearly 10,000 jobs and foster millions for local economies. The project is currently under protest from members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, whose land is near the planned route.
In a recent opinion piece, Standing Rock Sioux tribe chairman David Archambault II writes eloquently, but ultimately without precision and factual context as he opines against the ongoing Dakota Access pipeline. He said that, when it comes to opposing Dakota Access, “we all have a responsibility to speak for a vision of the future that is safe and productive for our grandchildren.”
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