The youth brought a powerful voice to the NO DAPL EXPANSION public hearing on Weds November 13th. Thank you for staying for over 12 hours to speak your mind and stand up for the water.Posted by Standing Rock Youth Council on Saturday, November 16, 2019
Another tribal witness, pipeline safety expert Donald Holmstrom, pointed out that Dakota Access corporate parent, Energy Transfer LP, has the worst hazardous liquid safety record in the industry over the past 13 years. In recent months, its pipelines have caused a number of high-profile release incidents, prompting unprecedented government enforcement actions, shutdowns and remedial actions, according to Holmstrom. As of December 3, 2018, DAPL had experienced 12 spills of more than 6,100 gallons of Bakken crude oil in its less than two years of operation. But that is just a small fraction of the many hazardous liquid incidents across Energy Transfer LP's pipeline portfolio, he noted.
According to a database maintained by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, from 2006 to 2018, Energy Transfer pipelines suffered 458 hazardous liquid incidents, resulting in nearly $110 million in property damage from more than 2.5 million gallons spilled, “making Energy Transfer far and away the most hazardous pipeline operator across that 13-year period,” he said. The second most hazardous pipeline operator over that period experienced 45 percent fewer liquid spills than Energy Transfer, according to his research. Since DAPL went into operation in 2017, Energy Transfer LP company-wide hazardous liquid spills have resulted in more than $20.5 million in property damage, prompting “unprecedented regulatory enforcement action,” he added.
Pipelines leak -- as seen from these aerial photos of the Keystone spill in North Dakota. An estimated 383,000 gallons of crude oil contaminated wetlands in one of the largest spills in state history. #NoKXL #NoDAPL #KeepItInTheGround #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NativeAmerican pic.twitter.com/4klfnrJ0qV— indianz.com (@indianz) November 6, 2019
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