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FACT CHECK: Truthout Falsely Reports DAPL Leaked Toxins Into Standing Rock Water Supply Five Times Within First Six Months Of Operation

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. 



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
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Two Environmental Activists Charged In Dangerous DAPL Protests

Federal prosecutors this week filed charges against two women who admitted to a series of acts of vandalism against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa more than two years ago.

Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek are charged with conspiracy to damage an energy facility, as well as four counts of malicious use of fire and the use of fire to commit a felony. The charges stem from setting fire to machinery and using torches to cut steel valves on the pipeline.

The New York Times provides a useful look at the dangerous tactics the women employed:

The women started

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