Hey, Kristi Noem! Instead of campaigning against the estate tax bogeyman, which hasn’t taken away anyone’s family farm in South Dakota, how about campaigning against real threats to the integrity of South Dakota farms, like oil pipelines?
Slack Family Properties LLC has filed suit against Dakota Access, alleging that the company has broken its easement contract to fix drain tile and compensate the family for any losses imposed by running the Bakken oil pipeline across their farm.
The Slacks allege that Dakota Access has lied not just to them but to the Public Utilities Commission:
Last October, the PUC was alerted to the disconnected drain tile and flooded fields through an informal complaint. Dakota Access told the PUC it had repaired the problem, but the lawsuit said no repairs had taken place.
“Defendant knew this statement and representation was false at the time it was made,” the lawsuit said [John Hult, “Dakota Access Sued over Farmland Damage in South Dakota,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2017.11.01].
Remarkably, lying to the PUC is only a Class 1 misdemeanor, the maximum $2,000 penalty for which Dakota Access could cover with, at this morning’s WTI price of $54.81, the sale of 37 barrels of oil, the volume that flows under the Slack’s land every six minutes.
It sounds like Dakota Access is lying about real damage done to real farmers. Too bad our lone Congresswoman can’t say something about that real threat to South Dakota agriculture.