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The goal of People Over Pipelines is to   s t o p   the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will cross the Missouri River, threatening the safety of U.S. drinking & farm water.

The Story 

Not too long ago, President Obama rejected the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This news was celebrated by environmentalists and citizens around the country.  Unfortunately, while the people were opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, another large-scale pipeline was being planned and scheduled to be built May of 2016: the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP). The DAP, also known as the Bakken Pipeline & Energy Trans Pipeline, is projected to extend 1,134 miles and transport 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota all the way to Patoka, Illinois. 

 It wasn't until native peoples on Standing Rock Reservation witnessed who they suspected to be mappers on their land, got curious, and went to their tribe for answers that they received any knowledge of the DAP at all. The answers both natives and farmers received was disturbing. 

They discovered the DAP would:

  1. Cross under 2 sacred native burial sites belonging to Standing Rock Reservation.
  2. Cross through native land without consent of native residents, violating the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, Article 2. 
  3. Cross the Missouri River, traveling through 50 counties and 4 states from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa, & into Southern Illinois.
  4.  Affect neighboring states and all regions receiving their farm & drinking water from the Missouri River in addition to entire ecosystems, wildlife and specific species native to places along the Missouri. 
  5. Finally, if constructed the DAP will threaten the state of the neighboring Ogallala Aquifer (currently a source of drinking water for 4.5 million Americans as one of the largest aquifers in the world).

In the last 2 years, an estimated 300 oil spills have occurred in North Dakota alone--and it's the ranchers, natives and citizens of these regions who will bear the consequences. Not the oil companies. Experience of polluted water by oil companies is nothing new to the people of the United States, and history makes this one thing clear:

It's not a matter of if the Dakota Access Pipeline breaks, it's when

With only weeks to stop the pipeline, organizers and activists, ranchers and natives, both city and rural folk are coming together to reach the same goal: protect our water. The Missouri River is the longest river in the United States and one of its major water resources. If this pipeline is constructed, everybody in this country who gets their water from the Missouri will be affected. 

The oil companies explain the pipeline as a "job-creator" (which it would be), but we must ask ourselves this important question: is the creation of a 8 to 12 thousand jobs worth contaminating the water used by millions? In the end, we can't drink oil just like we can't eat money. Water is life.

By supporting People Over Pipelines, you will help us  protect our drinking and farm water and refuse to let shady politics and big money bullying pollute our nation's most vital resource: water. 

Please, join us. Contribute to People Over Pipelines by signing the petition, donating, or becoming an active leader. 

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This is human rights issue & an environmental issue because what affects water, affects all of us: humanS as well as the earth.

"We all drink water.

Our cattle drink water.

Our crops drink water.

City people drink water.

Ranchers, farmers, natives & non-natives drink water."

We do not need oil to live, but we do need water, and water is a human right and not a privilege.
— Waniya Locke, Lakota language teacher, Hunkpapa Sioux


  • Donate to fund the Spirit Ride to Cannon Ball, ND on  Standing Rock Reservation where a peaceful occupation of the river will take place this spring.
  • Sign the petition
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