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South Dakota Keystone oil spill

On November 16, 2017, the existing Keystone pipeline spilled more than 210,000 gallons of Alberta tar sands crude oil within miles of the Lake Traverse Sioux, our sister Tribe. This was the third pipeline spill in the state of South Dakota this year alone. It was also the largest Keystone spill to date in South Dakota. I condemn this oil spill, the company that built this pipeline and anybody associated with it. The evidence speaks for itself.

On Monday (Nov. 20) the State of Nebraska will decide whether to approve the new Keystone XL Pipeline, which is planned to cross within three short miles of my reservation and through countless miles of Lakota treaty lands. Like the Dakota Access Pipeline, which my Tribe is still fighting, the KXL poses a critical threat to our resources and our very way of life.

Over and over, the states, the United States, the courts, and, of course, the oil companies have mocked our fear that these pipelines might fail and befoul our sacred lands and resources. They tell us, don’t worry — our pipelines are safe. This pipeline is supposed to be safe and the chance of an oil spill was quoted as astronomical. All 1,100 miles will be perfectly constructed. Our spill detection systems are fail safe. Our clean-up methods are above reproach. But we know the truth.


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