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Military veterans march in support of protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation on December 5.

The reason so many people rose up to join the Dakota Access Pipeline protest is that many in the Standing Rock tribe consider the pipeline and its intended crossing of the Missouri River to constitute a threat to the region’s clean water and to ancient burial grounds.

The pipeline project was exempted from a review under the US Clean Water Act, but now the US Army Corps of Engineers has been asked to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment – and the decision seems entirely justified in the light of this evidence:

Activists who have demonstrated for months against the Dakota Access Pipeline may have some fuel to justify their protests.

A spill has occurred 150 miles from Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where protesters have fought construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

State officials estimate 4,200 barrels of crude oil, or 176,000 gallons, have leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline in Billings County.

Of that amount, 130,000 gallons of oil has flowed into Ash Coulee Creek, while the rest leaked onto a hillside, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager at the North Dakota Department of Health. Built in the 1980s, the pipeline is 6 inches in diameter and transports about 1,000 barrels of oil daily, he said. The leak happened December 5.

Source: Pipeline 150 miles from Dakota Access protests leaks 130,000 gallons – CNN.com

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