Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands
Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands.
Energy Transfer Partners has twice spilled drilling fluids into “pristine” Ohio wetlands this month.
Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline — has spilled drilling fluid into two pristine Ohio wetlands this month, according to information reported to the Ohio EPA.
The spills were not related to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and instead occurred while Energy Transfer Partners was constructing a different pipeline that would stretch 710 miles from Appalachia to Ontario, Canada, according to the Washington Post.
Drilling fluid is used to cool equipment and is not toxic, but it is often mixed with substances like clay, making it mud-like in texture and viscosity.
According to Energy Transfer Partners’ reporting to the Ohio EPA, the company spilled as much as 2 million gallons of drilling fluid on April 13, and as much as 50,000 gallons a day later and 100 miles from the first spill.
The spills occurred while Energy Transfer Partners was drilling horizontally under the sensitive water crossings — the same technique the company used to drill beneath the Missouri River while constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Greg Abbott (R) in 2015 — giving the Dallas billionaire influence over how the state’s natural and cultural resources are used — but is just coming up for confirmation now.
Ruth Hopkins, a Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer, said on Twitter that appointing Warren to the commission was like “giving Darth Vader a spot on the Jedi Council.” Warren, for his part, told the Dallas Morning News that he felt personally victimized by the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“It was hurtful,” he said.