An op-ed recently published in Truthout demonstrates how environmental activists sometimes play fast and loose with the truth when making their case against pipelines. Author Violet Glaser includes this inaccurate sentence in her opinion piece:
The Dakota Access Pipeline leaked toxins into the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux five times within the first six months of its construction.
FACT CHECK: False
There’s a lot to unpack in those 25 words:
- The five leaks were considered minor by federal and state regulators and occurred within the pipeline easement at valve sites or pump stations.
- None of the five