The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is gaining investment from various banks such as Chase, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo. Of course the new President has financial ties to the pipeline so he has reinstated approval to both the Keystone XL and DAPL so he can get his paycheck. This President claims that this will make us energy independent, however, it is already speculated that this oil will not be used within the country, and instead it will be bought and sold for export. This is not energy efficiency, but I will get to that in a moment...
Furthermore, the president's justification for signing off on the approval of the pipelines was to create "jobs", which he estimated to create 20,000 jobs. But some researchers have estimated far lower. Actually because most of the work has already been done in the infrastructure of the pipeline, the only jobs remaining will be some 100 jobs.
Another lie being spread by the oil pushers is that activists at Standing Rock are on private property. They are not! And in fact they are on their own land that they have been inhabiting since before the White Europeans came. And because of this, the federal government, police, and companies should not ask the activists to leave.
Another lie was that the police did not use militarization tactics on the activists. When in fact, many activists are suffering irreparable damage to their bodies because the police used pellet guns to blast people, pepper spray, and fire hoses on the people in the dead of winter night. One woman is blind in one eye, another woman has an open wound to her arm, and many more are suffering. And of course the rations and donated goods to the people are being blocked by the police.
This is the ongoing struggle that Native/indigenous (Americans) have faced historically, and that continues to be their fight to hold onto the last bit of land that the White man is still trying to take.
Beside the social and political injustices the people are facing is the water and land contamination. According to Winona LaDuke, 80% of oil spills are discovered by citizens--and not by the paid inspectors (the some 150 inspectors across all of America) that actually are told not "say anything" about the spill. Energy Transfer was just bought out by Sonoco Logistics who tops the charts in America for crude oil spills. It is not a matter of if the pipeline breaks and causes a oil spill, it is a matter of when.
Once again, this is not energy independence or energy efficiency. This is the continuation of consumer culture that creates the trash culture. We cannot continue to get resources from the ground and below the ocean to drill, when it creates so much destruction in its path. Energy independence looks like wind turbines and solar panels that is also affordable for every person at every income level.