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CLAIM: Dakota Access Pipeline Is Unnecessary, Will Lead to Financial Loss

A 2016 study produced by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Sightline Institute concluded that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was an unnecessary investment and ran the risk of becoming a “stranded asset.”

RATING: 100% False

The November 2016 report stated that, “Bakken oil production will continue to decline, and existing pipeline and refinery capacity in the Bakken will be more than adequate to handle the region’s oil production. Fast forward two years and these dire predictions have proven to be the exact opposite of what’s currently going on in one of the country’s most resilient …

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Claim: Did police set fire to anti-pipeline protest camp in North Dakota?

Rating: 100% False

Background: On February 1, 2017, the Alternative Media Syndicate published a photograph of burning tents alongside a headline claiming that police had raided an anti-pipeline protest camp, dismantling tipis and burning what remains. The image cited in the article is a screen from the HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (a historical drama about Native Americans) as evidence.

What really happened? Law enforcement arrested 76 protesters Wednesday afternoon after they attempted to create a new campsite on private property. According to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, officers entered the camp after protesters failed to …

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