Letter to the Editor:
I have not been a big fan of the pipeline, but I can't help but correct some glaring inaccuracies in Ms. Graham's article on the front page about the pipeline protest in Des Moines.
The article says the small gathering was to "protest President Trump's approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines". It said that " Also, being protested in Des Moines was the Bakken Pipeline which is set to be built...."
There are a couple MAJOR facts that ought to be clarified just out the sake of journalism. First the Bakken pipeline IS the Dakota Access Pipeline. They are one and the same. The Bakken pipeline is not some different pipeline. If you are protesting the DAPL you are protesting the Bakken, and vice versa.
Secondly, it is not "set to be built" as the article states, it is completely laid in Iowa, and has been since Thanksgiving. In fact the entire 1172 miles is mostly complete. It is not a "proposed" route, it is done in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and most of North Dakota. All it has to do is go under Lake Oahe, which is a reservoir on the Missouri river that is 230 miles long. Basically it's just a really wide part of the Missouri River. It doesn't cross any tribal lands. Not even Standing Rock. It affected people in Iowa so much they never knew it was installed.
Third-, just for comparison, there are 8 pipelines currently running under Oahe, as well as an Electrical Highline and a railroad crossing it. The railroad is currently carrying the crude oil across the lake.