Published May 10, 2017
SPINK COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA – The Dakota Access pipeline spilled 84 gallons–or two barrels–of oil in Spink County in April at a surge pump station owned. The State of South Dakota is investigating the spill.
The Dakota Access pipeline gained national attention last year when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe fought to stop the easement U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ easement approval in the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The two tribes still have lawsuits in pending in the federal court system.
The 1170-mile oil pipeline is due to become operational on June 1, 2017.
“The fact that you had oil leaving the tank says there’s something not right with their procedures. They might have been trying to hurry,” Richard B. Kuprewica, a pipeline infrastruture expert and incident investgator says. “The cause could also be due to human error,” he added.
The following is a statement from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II in response to reports of the oil spill from the Dakota Access pipeline along its South Dakota leg:
“The Dakota Access pipeline has not yet started shipping the proposed half million barrels of oil per day and we are already seeing confirmed reports of oil spills from the pipeline. This is what we have said all along: oil pipelines leak and spill. Our lawsuit challenging this dangerous 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.”
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