After a victory was won following months of protesting against the oil pipeline at Standing Rock, it has been discovered that a huge leak was detected, contaminating the water that protesters were protecting.
According to the pipeline’s operator, the electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture, which released a huge 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, which is only 150 miles away from where the Standing Rock protests were taking place.
During recent months, thousands of people have been protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would cross the Missouri river, as it would destroy sacred sites, but primarily there were fears that a leak would contaminate the drinking water supply of thousands of people. It now seems that those fears were not irrational.
Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos, which operates the Belle Fourth pipeline, said that it is not clear why the monitoring equipment that is in place did not detect the leak, which a landowner eventually discovered.
According to Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota health department, the landowner discovered the spill on the 5th December near Belfield, following which the pipeline was shut down immediately.