Actor and environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio, is standing with Great Sioux Nation to keep Dakota Access out of constructing a pipeline by the Missouri River. The company has proposed a $3.7 billion, 1,168-mile pipeline that will transfer up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The pipeline will stretch from North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois.
The Missouri River is one of the largest water resources in the U.S. and provides drinking water to millions of people. This is alarming because a potential oil spill into the river could endanger the water, land and health of their reservation.
A petition has been written by Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer on behalf of Standing Rock youth and has reached more than 80,000 signatures from supporters. Their goal is to get 150,000 signatures on the petition to stop the construction of the pipeline.
Dakota Access defended the construction of its pipeline by saying that they designed the pipeline carefully in order to transfer crude oil in the safest and most efficient method.
The Army Corps are evaluating the environmental impacts that would take place during construction.
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