On April 4th, it was discovered that the Dakota Access pipeline had leaked 84-gallons of oil. The leak occurred 100-miles east of the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe reservoir, the source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II response to the spill, “The Dakota Access pipeline has not yet started shipping the proposed half million barrels of oil per day and we are already seeing confirmed reports of oil spills from the pipeline. This is what we have said all along: oil pipelines leak and spill. Our lawsuit challenging this dangerous project is ongoing and it’s more important than ever for the court to step in and halt additional accidents before they happen – not just for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and our resources but for the 17 million people whose drinking water is at risk.”