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FACT CHECK: Is the DAPL Optimization Bad For Illinois?

CLAIM: A column in Crain’s Chicago by the president of Save Our Illinois Land objects to a proposal to increase the capacity of oil that can be transported through the Dakota Access Pipeline. The objections center on two primary claims:

  • The pipeline is inherently unsafe and jeopardizes Illinois residents; and
  • The pipeline provides little to no benefit for Illinois as oil is shipped from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast.




First, the safety issue. The writer cites a 1999 accident at a pipeline in Washington state as proof that pipelines are unsafe. This neglects to acknowledge …

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FACT CHECK: Do NEPA Changes “Roll Back” Environmental Protections?

CLAIM: Critics of President Trump’s announced updates to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) said his action is stripping away environmental regulations.

The New York Times, for example, called it a “roll back” of environmental protections:

President Trump on Thursday capped a three-year drive to roll back clean air and water protections by proposing stark changes to the nation’s oldest and most established environmental law that could exempt major infrastructure projects from environmental review.

Reps. Diana DeGette and Francis Rooney  urged lawmakers to oppose the changes:

“We invite you to join us in expressing our strong opposition to

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