Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Dakota Access pipes leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

Dakota Access pipes leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

The Dakota Access pipeline already had its first leak - 84 gallons of oil - at a pump station in South Dakota in early April, sparking outrage and calling into question its environmental safety. This is what we have said all along: "oil pipelines leak and spill", Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement.

The spill, the equivalent of two barrels of oil, occurred on April 4 in Tulare township in Spink County, according to South Dakota's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is scheduled to become operational on June 1. The fact that it happened at all is why the pipeline project was met with protests previous year.

"We realize Dakota Access gets a lot of attention".

The Standing Rock tribe, which has fought the pipeline corporation Energy Transfer Partners and the USA government in court, has argued that the project requires a full environmental study to assess the risks of the pipeline. The agency apparently did not make any official announcement on the incident as it was relatively minor and had no environmental impact, according to Brian Walsh, a scientist with the department, as cited by the Guardian.

The leak occurred some 100 miles (160 km) east of Lake Oahe, a part of the Missouri River system that has been the focal point of the protests.

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"Our lawsuit challenging this unsafe project is ongoing, and it's more important than ever for the court to step in and halt additional accidents before they happen - not just for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and our resources but for the 17 million people whose drinking water is at risk". We fear more spills will come to bear, which is an all too frequent situation with Energy Transfer Partners pipeline projects.

In December 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delayed construction of the pipeline to explore potential alternative routes.

Jan Hasselman, a lawyer for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, said: "They keep telling everybody that it is state of the art, that leaks won't happen, that nothing can go wrong".

Granado said the spill stayed within the company's workspace, or containment area, which is covered with a special lining "that does not allow anything to actually touch or hit the soil".

Energy companies are not legally obligated to disclose pipelines leaks to the federal government unless they amount to 210 gallons or more. The Associated Press also reported that no other Dakota Access spills have been documented in any other states.

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