Pipeline endangers the state

At the Sturgis cracker barrel recently, legislators spoke about riot boosting laws the Gov. Kristi Noem continues to push even though most of these law were found to be unconstitutional. I repeat that “unconstitutional.”

This governor and her supporters continue to believe as Trump and other Republicans do that our Constitution can be thrown aside if they do not like parts of it. Sen. Gary Cammack said that we need to do this because of the damage caused in North Dakota. Perhaps he is looking at the wrong damage.

He might look at the countless oils spills in North Dakota damaging a vast areas of land. KOTA News said, “The pipeline operator initially said about 1,000 square feet (92.9 square meters) of cropland was affected. But the owner of the cropland said it may have contaminated as much as 400,000 square feet (37,161 square meters) of soil.” 

I suggest that by allowing this Canadian pipeline we are endangering the entire state. Some of these numerous North Dakota spills may take more than a decade to clean up if ever. The strip mines in the Black Hills created massive damage that is yet to be cleaned up because no one has the money or ability to do it. These few jobs this pipeline will create may seem important to some but are they worth the destruction this pipeline is likely to cause.

If we are to allow this pipeline we need a $10 billion bond in place to protect the South Dakota taxpayer.

Brent Cox,


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