Despite the Cheyenne River Sioux
dropping their appeal, Issues plaguing the Dakota Access Pipeline keep popping up.
According to information released by the North Dakota Health Department
and the United States Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration,
the controversial pipeline spilled over 100 gallons of oil in two separate
incidents in March of this year.
The first leak occurred on March 3 at a pipeline terminal in Watford City,
ND when a leaky flange, the section connecting two pipeline sections,
caused 84 gallons of oil to leak out. The flow of oil was immediately
cut off and contained, and contaminated soil and snow was removed. According
to the state's Health Department database, local waterways, wildlife
and people were unaffected by the incident.
The second leak occurred on March 5 in Mercer County, ND when an above-ground
valve failed due to a manufacturing defect. No wildlife, waterways or
people were affected by this 20-gallon leak, and contaminated soil was
taken away soon after the leak was identified.
These leaks continue to fuel concerns about the potential environmental
impact this pipeline may have once it’s fully constructed, and give
additional weight to calls for additional environmental reviews.
"We have always said it is not a matter of it, but when," tribal
attorney Jan Hasselman said
after the South Dakota leak on April 4. "Pipelines spill and leak. It's just a fact."