A Pipeline Creates National Concern
Over the past couple of months, water protectors have been standing up to stop the creation of a pipeline in North Dakota. There are two main reasons that people don’t want this pipeline to happen. First, hundreds of tribes, such as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have pointed out that if the pipeline goes into effect it could very easily poison the water of all the people living there. This situation could potentially be a similar version of what’s happening in Flint, Michigan.
Even during some of the protests, less than 200 miles from where people were, there was an oil spill of another pipeline. The second reason is that it could hurt the land itself. The pipeline would disturb sacred lands and burial grounds. Many believe that oil companies and the government will benefit from this, but not the people whose well-being is being risked on their own land without any consent.
During his first couple days of office, President Trump signed an order where the pipeline is no longer halted. The protests and marches did not die down, instead now they moved from North Dakota to Washington D.C. Whether one agrees or disagrees with putting the pipeline in, the negative environmental effects that could result from putting this pipeline in are a huge issue that needs to be thought about before further action is taken.