The U S Army Corps approved the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in June of this year. A general over view of the site is described here by the numbers:
1,172 miles: Length of Dakota Access Pipeline
30 inches: Width of the pipeline
470,000: Barrels of crude oil to be moved daily
374.3 million: Equivalent gallons of gasoline per day
Sources: Energy Access Partners, US Energy Information Administration
This protest has been peaceful so far, unlike the Black Lives Matter protests. Protesters have set up camp on the grounds and claim that it’s their property not the governments.
The emotions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and government police forces are clashing and have peaked to a dangerous degree. The tribe had tried to sued the Corps, saying the pipeline “threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe.”
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, David Archambault said his tribe will settle for nothing less than the stop of the pipeline’s construction. 83 protesters have already been arrested and more to follow in coming days.