The Kalamazoo River oil spill disaster happened in 2010 when a pipeline, placed by Enbridge, burst and leaked into the Talmadge Creek, which is a tributary to the Kalamazoo River. This sixteen-foot break in the pipeline resulted in one of the largest inland oil spills.
Enbridge was fined and EPA called for a cleanup that was not fully completed until 2014. Now, in 2014, Enbridge is a minor partner with Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). ETP want to build the Dakota Access Pipeline 1/2 mile from the SRST reservation boundary onto treaty land that is un-ceded to this day.
The citizens of Bismarck/Mandan area contested the original site north of their metro area contending that a possible spill would infect their drinking water. The Dakota Access Pipeline accommodated the Bis/Man citizen’s concerns and decided to build on treaty land just 500 feet from the reservation boundaries.
The tribe has launched an international campaign naming it ‘Rezpect Our Water’, asking the Army Corps to deny the key permits for the pipeline.
After running from their homes in North Dakota to Washington D.C., youth from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) handed a petition containing more than 160,000 signatures to the Army Corps of Engineers. The petition’s main point was that they not give permission to a pipeline being built on their treaty land.