With President Donald Trump’s executive order on Thursday, the country has entered a dangerous new phase of energy development, threatening the environment and Native Americans.
A recent report by the American Petroleum Institute estimated that if the pipeline were to be built, it would create about 11,000 permanent construction jobs, more than any other oil pipeline in the world.
The pipeline would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing the Missouri River.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is fighting the project, which has drawn the support of many tribes across the country.
But many of the nation’s most powerful Republicans, including House Speaker Joe Straus and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are opposed to the pipeline.
Straus has called it “a dangerous and destructive project that threatens sacred Native American sites.”
What is the pipeline?
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a natural gas pipeline that runs under Lake Oahe, which is in North Dakota.
It crosses through the Bakken shale formation on the Missouri river, where it enters the Missouri and enters the Bakke-Shale formation on Lake Oso, the largest natural gas reservoir in North America.
The Bakken formation contains some of the largest deposits of natural gas on the planet, and the pipeline would carry that gas across the United States.
The Energy Transfer Partners company that owns Dakota Access LLC has said the project is necessary to supply energy to the booming U.S. economy and to help address climate change.
How is the Dakota pipeline different from the Keystone XL?
Keystone XL would have transported 1.8 million barrels of crude oil daily from Canada to the U.s.
The Dakota Pipeline would carry 2.5 million barrels a day from North and South Dakota to the Illinois Gulf Coast, where the pipeline passes through the Missouri, crossing into Illinois.
What’s the deal with Sen. Joe Strause?
Straus is a Republican member of the U,S.
House of Representative.
He is the highest-ranking elected official in the state.
The House voted to pass the resolution opposing the Dakota Pipeline last year.
However, after a series of public protests, the House did not vote on the bill.
In February, the pipeline was temporarily blocked from construction by the U of L, which says the Standing Rock Reservation is a “tribal burial ground” and that construction would threaten the water supply of nearby Lake Oconee.
However the project has since been restarted.
Why does the state of Texas want to pass a law to block the Dakota Keystone XL pipeline?
Texas has passed several laws over the years that have limited access to water for Native Americans, but in 2014, the governor signed a law that allows the pipeline to cross under the Texas state line.
The law says that the Standing Stones Sioux Tribe has a legal right to use the water from Lake Oasee to irrigate their lands.
The tribe’s leaders said the pipeline could affect the water supplies of their lands, and threatened to stop drinking the water.
However that threat didn’t go far enough, and in May, the Texas legislature passed a law which prohibits the water rights of the Standing Stone Sioux Tribe from being affected by the pipeline, as well as the Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines.