Statement from the Lakota People's Law Project as North Dakota Public Service Commission approves expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Lakota People's Law Project
Chase Iron Eyes, lead counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project:
“We are saddened that, once again, the input of Standing Rock Nation and others who could be affected by a Dakota Access Pipeline spill has been overlooked in the interest of increasing profits for the fossil fuel industry. We feel that answers from oil and gas representatives at the expansion hearing were unsatisfactory and misleading.
We have studied and we know the dangers because we live on the front lines of extraction. We know that pipelines always leak. Our water supplies are at stake, and our people live under constant threat. The increase of oil in the pipeline will only increase that threat.”
The Lakota People's Law Project operates under the 501(c)(3) Romero Institute, a nonprofit law and policy center.