Why not stop the DAPL?
It's not like the United States needs it. With an oil glut and now the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America recently of an estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale in Texas. Wouldn't it make more sense to drill where the refineries are located than to pipe it in from ND?
There is a lot of money invested in it already. And some people chase money sometimes even at their own peril.
Really I am not a conspiracy theorists. But I tend to think that part of DAPL is within a plan to set precedence of using "energy independence" as like an Immanent domain concept on Native American lands. It is just that the individual projects from Standing Rock to Winslow Ariz. Make very little sense in cost benefit analysis. So these energy companies do not just throw their money away like government agencies - they want profit. I am not saying it is malicious but rather more sinister than that.
If this sounds far-fetched then you have not studied the economic reasons for genocide and culture annihilation of the Native Americans. Out West 90% of Native and European peoples got along just fine. The orders came from DC where railroad, mining interests and the privatization of lands (settlers) was determined to be a higher priority than peaceful coexistence. And do not think for one second that Christianity was an evil force also.
So back then it was those interests. Then it was water. Now it is energy. I call BS.
Frank Donald a life long friend and some muckity muck in the Navajo Kayenta Chapter house - wrote me that it was good to see me with them. I asked him what the hell do you mean, I grew with you and you beat me up in 3rd grade. With you always.
More than 60% of the USA's land rigs are currently stacked and in storage. Worse, these rigs are not the right kind of equipment for oil shale extraction. The oil companies themselves do almost no drilling, and do not own the rigs. The ones that drill the holes are different companies, make very little profit per hole drilled, and the cost is simply too high for retooling right now given the current price of oil.
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