Good Day World!
A federal judge is going to decide if a pipeline is going to go through the Standing Rock Sioux's burial grounds and cultural sites in North Dakota today.
The company that's attempting to run the pipeline through the tribe's sacred grounds is a Dallas-based firm called Energy Transfer Partners (ETP).
On September 3, private guards attacked native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8 billion pipeline's construction.
If completed, the pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota's Bakken oilfield to Illinois.
Member's from 100 tribes have joined the Standing Rock Sioux in protesting the project for months now. Tribal leaders have challenged the permits in federal court and a judge is supposed to rule on it today.
The tribe is also worried that construction will taint their water supply. It's going to be an uphill battle against a lot of monied interests.
For example, Continental Resoures - the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm - energy advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign and potential U.S. Secretary of Energy under a Trump presidency - has announced to investors that oil it obtains via hydraulic fracturing ("Fracking") from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin is destined for transport through the hotly-contested Dakota Access pipline.
Sounds like an accomplished fact to me.
I'm really curious to see how the judge rules on this pipeline project. For the people? Or, more likely, for Wall Street and corporate America.
Time for me to walk on down the road...