A tweet that’s get viral eras before Thanksgiving demonstrates exactly why the indigenous communities of South Dakota didn’t want oil pipelines on their lands.
“Just a remember last year on Thanksgiving that Countrymen were being tortured with puppies, illegal frighten tricks, being run over by enraged white[ beings] all to protect our spray, ” the tweet reads. “And this year on Thanksgiving they are now cleaning up 200,000 gallon petroleum pour on a South Dakota reservation.”
Just a remember last year on Thanksgiving that Countrymen were being tortured with bird-dogs, illegal panic tactics, being run over by enraged white-hot ppl all to protect our sea and this year on Thanksgiving they are now cleaning up 200,000 gallon oil flood on a South Dakota reservation
— Fuck Thanksgiving (@ lilnativeboy) November 17, 2017
The tweet, published on Nov. 16 by user @lilnativeboy, has amassed over 100,000 likes and dozens of thousands of retweets because of its powerful — and wholly sobering — message.
The tweet is referencing 2016 affirms on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that curdled violent.
Last fall, indigenous demonstrators — or self-identified “water protectors” — rallied to protect the neighbourhood estate and water from interpretation on the 1,172 -mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline. In November that time, when agents became agitated with their ongoing vicinity, the demonstrators were sprayed with irrigate and tear gas in freezing cold weather. That same descend, defence bird-dogs reportedly bit protesters on multiple occasions.
Between then and now, a great deal has changed; most notably, an oil-friendly Trump administration took the reins in Washington, approving the final pipe interpretation permit needed in February 2017.
Trump has opened the floodgates( so to speak) on a number of oil existing infrastructure; among them is the too controversial Keystone Pipeline, which is interrupting much of the same upper Midwest region as the Dakota Access.
One year later and with Thanksgiving upon us, demonstrators’ horrors and prognosis have come true as the viral tweet alludes to.
Over 200, 000 gallons of oil has spilt in South Dakota, Keystone pipeline creator TransCanada strengthened on Nov. 17. The disclose, the largest in the country to time, follows another spill in April from the Dakota Access Pipeline that adulterated the property with nearly 17,000 gallons.
“It is a below-ground pipeline, but some lubricant has surfaced above ground to the grass, ” Walsh said of the most recent environmental setback. “It will be a few days until they can excavate and come in borings to see if there is groundwater contamination.”
David Flute, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal chairman, said his community is “keeping a watchful eye and an open ear” in the aftermath of the spill, according to the CBC. There’s a real possible the flood could pollute the area’s aquifer and waterways. “The concern is at a high level, but there is really nothing we can do, ” Flute said.
But there is something you can do now.
TransCanada has proposed an extension of its Keystone pipeline system into neighboring Nebraska — policy decisions being weighed now by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. A vote to accept or reject TransCanada’s proposal is set for Monday, Nov. 20.
Many environmental and activist groups are rallying subsistence in hopes of continuing the pipeline out of the Cornhusker State. MoveOn, for instance, is heartening advocates to ratify a petition to say “no” to the project.
“If this accident had happened along the proposed route in Nebraska, it would be absolutely ravaging, ” Brian Jorde, a advocate representing Nebraska landowners opposed to Keystone XL, told Reuters. “Their proposed itinerary is within a mile of millions of water wells.”
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