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To make matters worse, important information included in studies and investigative reports about accidents and pipeline failures has been purposely omitted from docu- ments circulated to protesters. If not stopped, the deception may cause great harm to people living close to the DAPL right of way. Many pipeliners on-site near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, have endured ver- bal abuse hurled at them during and after work. However, law enforcement is working hard to keep workers and activ- ists apart and out of harm's way. The Standing Rock encampment is the temporary home of three groups of pro- testers – groups identified as protec- tors, environmentalists and non-locals. Read online @ B A K K E N O I L B I Z . C O M / d i g i t a l - j o u r n a l 19 It appears the non-lo- cals are receiv- ing most of the media attention. They seem most de- termined to stop the work and ultimately end the construction of this pipeline and all others. This area is unsafe. Things have esca- lated to the point where barriers aren't respected. This type of "peaceful pro- testing" is very frustrating for everyone involved. Prayers have been said for the safety of everyone on the DAPL and the protestors. Not surprisingly, work- ers in the area are becoming defensive both at work and after hours. The pipeline's standards, codes, and regulations have not been thoroughly explained by DAPL. This could have ap- peased the environmental and sensi- tive cultural concerns of native people in the surrounding area. As a result, many native people feel a lack of em- pathy from DAPL representatives which intensifies their concerns regarding the impact of the pipeline's construction near the Missouri River. Great depths of disrespect and disre- gard are felt amongst the protectors of Mother Earth and native people as a whole. On the other hand, through ex- perience and knowledge, I am familiar with the rigorous standards put in place by governing agencies. I also have the enforcement experience of making sure regulations and codes are followed while constructing sound pipelines. Sadly, these regulations, codes and standards aren't common knowledge to the residents and general public living near the proposed pipeline route. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe elders missed the boat by not attending pub- lic meetings to question and make their concerns known. They did not learn about the Pipeline and Hazardous Ma- terials Safety Administration (PHSMA) that enforces rules. There are rules ➤ continued pg 20 CONTROVERSY PERSPECTIVE Dakota Access Pipeline THE in ➤ continued from pg 18

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