Today, Energy Transfer Partners announced that the Dakota Access Pipeline has begun “commercial service” and is fully operational. This announcement comes despite the fact that our ongoing lawsuit is still pending, and that Energy Transfer Partners does not have an emergency plan to address an oil spill at Lake Oahe even though this pipeline has leaked at least 3 times in the last few months.
In response, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault II issued the following statement:
“Now that the Dakota Access Pipeline is fully operational, we find it more urgent than ever that the courts and administration address the risks posed to the drinking water of millions of American citizens.
“This pipeline became operational today, yet it has already leaked at least 3 times. This is foreboding as the company does not yet have a plan in place to address how they would contain and clean a serious spill.
“We will continue to battle the operation of this pipeline in court and remind everyone that just because the oil is flowing now doesn’t mean that it can’t be stopped. The courts can stop it by demanding that the administration be held accountable for the full Environmental Impact Statement it initiated and then abandoned.”