The Lincoln County Commission yesterday approved Energy Transfer Partners’ plan to double the amount of oil surging through the Dakota Access pipeline a mile south of the current confines of Harrisburg. Dakota Rural Action pointed out that a new pumping station that increases the flow of oil from 500K+ barrels a day to 1.1 million bpd isn’t healthy for anything but corporate profit:
“This is a hazardous, industrial facility being built in what is planned to be a residential and more urban landscape,” Kelsie Thomas, Dakota Rural Action Homegrown Sioux Empire member, said. “And where some individuals and rural folks live right now.”
…”I think there’s a lot of safety, a lot of safety concerns we’re looking at over-doubling the capacity of crude oil passing through that pipeline,” Thomas said. “I think more oil is more risk, and that risk is to the people, to the land, to the water that are surrounding it” [Jill Langland, “Lincoln County Commission Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Pump Station,” KSFY, 2019.10.22].
The risks aren’t just around Harrisburg but all up and down the pipeline that the new pumping stations (also coming to North Dakota and Illinois) will doubly stress:
Senior organizer Rebecca Terk of Dakota Rural Action told commissioners that the pumping station would increase risks of the pipeline developing leaks or a catastrophic blowout. She said that in turn would harm water supplies and farmland.
“It’s not just about the pipe as a whole,” Terk said. “It’s about those imperfections that exist throughout the pipeline” [“Board OKs Expanded Dakota Access Pipeline Pump Station,” AP, 2019.10.22].
On the bright side, the faster we burn up all that oil, the faster we’ll run out and force our children to come up with sustainable energy alternatives to power their hurricane-proof bunkers.