Anti-energy left moving protesters from Texas back to Dakota where they left a huge mess

Fuel Fix:
Activists in North Dakota called on West Texas pipeline protesters on Tuesday to return to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, following news that the administration of President Donald Trump has cleared the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline for final construction under the Missouri River.

“This is what I was scared of,” said Frankie Orona, a West Texas camp leader and director of the San Antonio-based Society of Native Nations. “The people aren’t going to stand down. They believe if we don’t stop it now, we’re never going to be able to. I’m afraid people on both sides are going to get hurt.”

American Indians and environmental activists have fought the proposal for more than a year, drawing thousands to North Dakota camps. Elders there have said that the pipeline crosses sacred burial sites and that a leak could pollute the tribe’s drinking water. President Barack Obama, as he was leaving office, sent construction plans back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for further review.

But on Tuesday, the Corps told Congress by letter that it will grant the easement required for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to drill under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir, and finish the 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline. In the letter, the Corps said it will permit drilling as soon as Wednesday. Once completed, the pipeline will carry oil from North Dakota’s Bakken fields to transfer stations in Illinois, and then on to Gulf Coast refineries.

As snows and cold arrived this winter, some North Dakota protesters traveled south to new camps protesting a second Energy Transfer pipeline, the Trans-Pecos, which will run from West Texas’ Permian Basin to Mexico.

On Tuesday, North Dakota leaders contacted camp leaders and asked them to send as many people as they could back north. “We sent a very large convoy before,” Orona said.
Let me guess.  They are using fossil fuels to get back to North Dakota where dirty "environmentalists" left a huge mess for others to clean up.  The main beneficiaries of their efforts are the Russian oligarchs, OPEC, and investors in trains that carry the oil rather than the pipelines.

The trains are much less efficient and they pollute more, but that is not really what these demonstrations are about.  They are about the attempts of the anti-energy left to drive up the cost of fossil fuels, in a vain attempt to make less efficient alternative energy look more competitive.

Ironically, they have not been able to attract that many protesters to West Texas, to begin with.  Perhaps they were jus looking for a warmer campground for the dozen or so who showed up.


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