Environment

Nobody Could Have Predicted

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked nearly 100 gallons of oil last month and we're just finding out about it because it wasn't announced to the public.

The leak occurred at a rural pump station in the northeast of the state as crews worked to get the four-state pipeline fully operational, [state Department of Environment and Natural Resources scientist Brian Walsh] said. The oil was contained on site by a plastic liner and containment walls and quickly cleaned up. Some oil-contaminated gravel will be disposed of at an area landfill, he said. [...]

"Size-wise, an 84-gallon release is pretty small relative to a lot of other things we work on," Walsh said. "I would characterize it as a small operational spill that was cleaned up right away."

An 84-gallon spill may not be large in the grand scheme of things, but who can say the next leak or spill won't be significantly bigger? Who can say the next leak won't occur closer to a major water source? What we can say for certain is that more leaks will occur because that's how these things go.

  • Nefercat

    Leaks, shmeaks, the important thing is that some rich bastards made money when the pipeline finally got the go ahead and that is all that matters, right?
    /snark

    • mnpollio

      ^^^^ Could not have said it better myself.

      Whether it leaked 84 gallons or 84,000 gallons is irrelevant to these a**holes. Then again, the people directly impacted would probably be as stupid as the people of West Virginia and the Gulf Coast states that wasted no time electing the same people back in charge and championing the weakening of regulations that would protect them after major ecological disasters. Much like the idiot coal miners and their families who gnash their teeth and rend their garments every time there is a mine collapse that injures or kills miners due to greed, de-regulation and the weakening of safety precautions, but then are brainlessly rallied by the self-same coal mining kingpins to bully and intimidate those trying to improve matters for them because they are “threatening their culture and heritage!”. Some people simply are beyond being helped.

  • Aynwrong

    I have to wonder how many of Trump’s voters could have been affected by this had the leak not been detected and stopped so quickly.

  • muselet

    Pipelines leak.

    That this specific spill was small and occurred at a manned pump station was fortunate. Relying on dumb luck is not a good strategy.

    Next time, the spill will likely be bigger.

    Pipelines leak.

    –alopecia