Coalition of Democratic State Attorneys General Put Politics & Misinformation before American Energy Security

A coalition of nearly 20 Democratic state attorneys general this week in a court filing urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline – affirming a lower court’s earlier ruling that scrapped the Army Corps’ environmental review of key permit for the project and ordering the crude oil pipeline be shuttered until additional review is completed.

The group of attorneys general, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, put politics before the energy security of our nation – prioritizing emotion, anti-pipeline rhetoric, and an ideological opposition to the use …

FACT CHECK: Did Willie Nelson and Paul Simon Get a Pipeline Rerouted?

CLAIM: Musicians Willie Nelson and Paul Simon recently co-signed an opinion column in the Houston Chronicle expressing opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Permian Highway (PHP) natural gas pipeline. The following day, Kinder Morgan CEO Steve Kean announced the company had been working with the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reroute the pipeline around the Blanco River.

Shortly thereafter, several Texas media outlets including the Abilene Reporter News and Austin American Statesman reported the news, publishing headlines like “After Willie Nelson and Paul Simon complained, CEO agrees to reroute Hill Country pipeline.”

Did an op-ed from Willie …

FACT CHECK: Activist Conflates Infrastructure Permitting Process with Energy Policy

CLAIM: In light of a recent appeals court ruling allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operations while an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is completed, a recent opinion column in the Des Moines Register authored by activist Jonas Magram argued the Dakota Access Pipeline should be shuttered as it does “not offer a safe way to transport oil because, however it was transported, its eventual combustion would contribute to growing climate chaos.” The author also argues “the pipeline would result in increased oil production from the Dakotas, which in turn would result in more climate-disrupting carbon dioxide.”

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FACT CHECK: Years Later, Misinformation Still Spreading about DAPL Route

CLAIM: A recent opinion column in The Watchdog was loaded with misinformation regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. One of the most egregious claims was regarding the pipeline’s route:

But when a wealthy, white community doesn’t want their water poisoned by oil? Well then, no problem, thanks for letting us know, we’ll get right on it. The original route for the Dakota Access pipeline was routed above Bismarck, North Dakota. According to ABC news, that route was rejected to “protect wells that serve the municipal water supply.” No fight, no fuss, but then again, that shouldn’t surprise any of us considering

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Continues to Promote Misinformation Regarding DAPL

Appearing in today’s Bismarck Tribune, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) took out a full page ad titled “Standing Rock Matters, Too” that continued the Tribe’s campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the ad, Tribe Chairman Mike Faith makes a number of false and misleading statements that build on the already salacious mischaracterization the Tribe has purported for years.

If SRST could have it their way, the Tribe would like the public to believe that the Dakota Access Pipeline is fundamentally unsafe (despite pipelines being the safest means of energy transport) and that they and their concerns were …

Permian Highway Holds No Threat to Texans

A recent guest column published in the Hays Free Press targeting the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) failed to make note of pipeline safety at large and ignores the realities of their need in the Permian shale formation.

In the column, Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) director Patrick Cox described the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) as “a perilous and unprecedented threat to the Texas Hill Country,” despite overwhelming evidence otherwise – a claim that couldn’t be further from the truth.

According to the Texas Railroad Commission, the Lone Star state has the largest pipeline infrastructure in the nation with nearly

FACT CHECK: Is Energy Infrastructure “Barreling Toward Obsolescence?”

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A recent letter to the editor published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch celebrating the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and calling for the same fate for the Mountain Valley Pipeline writes:

The failure of the ACP, coupled with the court-mandated shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), proves that gas and oil infrastructure is barreling toward obsolescence and the processes for permitting these projects perpetuate grave environmental injustice. As was shown with the ACP and DAPL, MVP and MVP Southgate should not and cannot stand. These projects should be canceled now and Gov. Ralph Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring

FACT CHECK: Have the Benefits of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Been Overstated?

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A recent letter to the editor in the Virginian Pilot alleged the “benefits to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are overstated” and that “cons outweigh the pros,” suggesting “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would tie us to another 30 years at least of polluting, dangerous, not necessary and unwanted fossil fuel dependence.”

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The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile underground pipeline that will carry natural gas from West Virginia to Virginia and North Carolina, has recently become one of the top targets for environmental activists looking to block the construction of new energy infrastructure as part of their …

Calls to Block DAPL Misguided & Misinformed

The Hill recently published an opinion column by Mike Faith, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST), calling for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to be taken “out of operation permanently.”

But while exclusively focusing on political rhetoric and anti-fossil fuel ideology, the author fails to recognize the inconvenient facts and reality that bolster the case for Dakota Access and modern energy infrastructure development.

PIPELINES ARE THE SAFEST METHOD OF TRANSPORT

To start with, DAPL has been safely operating for more than three years, transporting up to 570,000 bpd from the Bakken oil fields to the Patoka Oil Terminal …

State of North Dakota Corrects the Record on Impact of Potential DAPL Shutdown

The State of North Dakota recently filed a brief with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia emphasizing the detrimental impact shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would cause, and correcting inaccurate statements made in a recent brief filed by several tribes and a report by Dr. Marie Fagan – both of which call for the pipeline’s operation to be suspended.

This comes after a federal judge ruled in March that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on DAPL, despite its safe operations for three years – safely transporting …