Dogs, Pepper Spray Used on Protesters at Dakota Access Site [GRAPHIC VIDEO]
The Dakota Access Pipeline construction site in North Dakota was the location of a confrontation between security agents for the construction site and Native Americans, along with their supporters, who want to see the project stopped.
Tensions grew as security dogs and pepper spray were used on September 3 according to the organization Democracy Now. Protesters say they are concerned over the vulnerability of the land and water supply due to the risk of contamination should a leak occur.
Warning: The video contains footage of dogs attacking animals and people, blood and coarse language.
The Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, provides the following information on the safety of transporting oil:
Environmentally speaking, there have been frequent safety discussions involving the comparison between pipelines and rail. Pipelines average around 22 accidents per billion barrels of oil transported; comparatively, rail has a rate 10 to 20 times higher in recent years. However, rail does have a better spillage rate. For example, in 2012, rail was responsible for approximately 500 barrels of oil spilled for every billion moved. Consequently, pipelines lost about 2,000 barrels for every billion moved. Over the past several years, improvements have been made regarding pipelines as they have safely transported crude oil and petroleum products with a 99.999 percent rate. Since 1999, corrosion-related incidents have decreased by 76 percent and from 1999 to 2013, liquid pipeline releases along pipeline rights of way decreased by 50 percent. To give some perspective of the three most prolific ways to transport oil, three million barrels of product delivered by pipeline is the equivalent to 4,200 rail cars or 15,000 tanker trucks.