Water:We need it to survive. Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% of it. It is in every cell and fiber of our beings. It is our very essence and without it life would not survive. Today, the tribal peoples of North Dakota are standing together to protect the sanctity of it. According to Food and Water Watch Org, their mission is to reconnect the modern world with the circle of life, a circle much of humanity has forgotten. Fueled by social media, their cause has gained momentum. Their camp is now larger than most small towns in North Dakota.

The Pipeline

The Dakota Access pipeline is a $3.7 billion project that would carry 470,000 barrels of oil a day from oil fields in western North Dakota to Illinois.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe say the project is a major environmental and cultural threat. Catastrophic environmental damage would occur if the pipeline were to break and poison waterways such as the Missouri River and Lake Oahe. Aside from potentially contaminating waterways such as the Missouri Ricer and Lake Oahe, the pipeline would also trample their sacred tribal lands.

The Problem

Pipeline spills and ruptures occur regularly, sometimes in small leaks and present as sometimes catastrophic gushers. In 2013, a Tesoro Logistics pipeline in North Dakota spilled 865,000 gallons of oil onto a farm. In 2010, an Enbridge Energy pipeline dumped over 843,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

The cleanup lasted years and cost over a billion dollars. Just last week a pipe broke open in Alabama and spilled more than 250,000 gallons of gas into eco-sensitive areas south of Birmingham. Spills like this seem to occur more often than not.

The Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters say to the goverment that, "You will not poison our water or continue ravaging Planet Earth: mocking its sacredness, destroying its eco-diversity, reshaping and slowly killing it for profit.“ Their songs and prayers echo across the prairie as they believe that alternative renewable energy is possible.

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