On the very eve of its permitting decision, the Keystone Pipeline – as we expected – has proven itself to be an environmental nuisance by leaking 210,000 gallons of oil onto South Dakota land.
Running underground from Canada across the Great Plains, the pipeline leaked Thursday morning, spilling about 5,000 barrels of the crude substance onto the small town of Amherst in northeast South Dakota.
This time last year, protestors of the pipeline took to South Dakota to rally against its permittance with the hopes of avoiding this very thing. In a now ironically sad tweet, Donald Trump once even exclaimed, "So sad that Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline. Thousands of jobs, good for the environment, no downside!" Unfortunately, the downside has been vividly shown.
In typical altruistic fashion, Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Chairman Dave Flute, has released a statement on the leak, even offering help on behalf of the Sisseton Wahpeton tribe:
"On behalf of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, we are offering our assistance if requested, to the local and federal agencies that are working to contain the spill and evaluate the environmental damage it may have caused.
Although our tribe opposed the construction of this pipeline, (and other pipelines), we understand it is here, it is what it is, but we are committed to providing help and assistance in any way we can."
Unfortunately, we're unaware if there can be any trace of silver lining surrounding this leak at the moment. how can hundreds of thousands of crude oil leaking onto land have a positive spin?
What we do know, however, is that there's value in continuing to work to protect the earth we have, even if man-made tragedy does strike in the end.