The Dakota Access Pipeline: Not Just Another Oil Pipeline

Authors: George White*, South Dakota State University, Emily A White, South Dakota Geographic Alliance, Alina Negoescu, "Nicolae Balcescu" Land Forces Academy, Sibiu, Romania
Topics: Sustainability Science, Cultural and Political Ecology, Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: energy, politics, cultural identity
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The United States has 2.4 million miles of energy pipelines, which includes 190,000 liquid petroleum pipelines. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP) is just one among them but has taken on great political and cultural significance, especially the very short stretch of it that crosses under the Missouri River just north of Cannon Ball, ND. This poster explores how this small segment of the DAP has come to mark the intersection of such phenomenon as American red-blue politics, energy security and insecurity, the right to clean and safe drinking water, environmental racism, cultural identity and sacred places, and historical injustice. This short stretch of the DAP simultaneously has become the location, concrete expression, and reiteration of the collision of dominant economic and political forces on the one side and less powerful minorities on the other side, a quintessential American story.

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