Bemidji, MN - August 10, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) release the following statement in response to news that the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) is taking legal action against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) for four probable violations by the company during the pipeline's construction. The violations include the failure to notify commission of route changes, tree removal violations, separation of topsoil from subsoil violations and a violation of company's spill prevention plan. These stem from the same company that has already spilled millions of gallons of drilling fluids in Ohio.
The statement comes just days before IEN and environmental activists from North Dakota and the Gulf Coast lead a toxic tour and healing walk in the Bakken Oil Formation, a source for the Dakota Access and Bayou Bridge Pipelines, which leaks 275,000 tons of methane per year.
The following is a statement from the Indigenous Environmental Network:
"Energy Transfer Partners built the Dakota Access Pipeline in a very hasty and sloppy fashion, because of this we knew that violations were bound to be made.In fact, we warned the Sheriff's department and the Army Corps of Engineers of these violations, but we were ignored.
"Throughout the construction process Energy Transfer Partners continued to overlook regulations, treaties, and went outside their pre-construction plans and we expect the North Dakota Public Service Commission to hold them accountable because not only do these violations put Standing Rock Tribal Members at risk, but they put citizens across North Dakota at risk.
"The North Dakota PSC needs to remember that their own community in Bismarck refused DAPL from going through their town because of potential leaks to their water system. They need to remember that and have more compassion for Indigenous communities and American citizens downstream of DAPL.
"We urge the PSC to renew their commitment to build a more harmonious relationship with tribes and to honor our treaty rights."
The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. www.ienearth.org
Jade Begay, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-699-4791
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