Pipelines are only safer then the alternatives when things like the safest route is taken. In this case the safest route was close to Bismark and the people of Bismark protested so the pipeline was moved to go under a lake instead of the shorter route under the river.
Completely wrong on multiple points.
1. It wasn't the safest route,
2. the people of Bismark didn't even have a chance to complain because the early plan was killed before it even got submitted to State-level agencies.
3. It wasn't the shortest route either.
4. It's still going under the river. The 'Lake' is a manmade reservoir in which the river was just widened via a dam.
The Army Corps of Engineers nixed the idea because it made the pipeline 10 miles longer AND it make it much harder to keep the pipeline the minimum 500 feet from homes and put the water of far more people at risk. http://abcnews.go.com/US/previ...
Just an FYI, the entire state of North Dakota has less than 1 million people. Bismark has 67k people, and the entire Standing Rock Reservation has about 8k people.
Also FYI - over 80% of those arrested at the DAPL protests are not Natives - neither North Dakota/South Dakota citizens, nor Standing Rock tribal members.
I think the Standing Rock tribe did get screwed repeatedly historically, and had a right to protest and be heard. However, the Army Corps of Engineers hadn't even made their determination regarding permits to go under the river yet, so none of the sabotage and militant action was justified. All the idiots going "Hey, Why did Bismark get a pass? RACISM!" were jumping the gun because the same agency that made the determination RE: BIsmark were still assessing the Standing Rock crossing - the approval process hadn't even been completed yet.
In reality, most of the protesters currently at the camp in ND have been bouncing from one camp to another along the route causing trouble, spills, and related environmental damage. http://www.dailykos.com/story/...
The Standing Rock camp just got the most publicity, and the tribe got used again. This time for the alt-left's ideological extremism.