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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 ➤ continued on pg 24 Connecting the energy industry safely and efficiently through innovative digital technologies. Interactive platform designed to maximize efficiencies. Live Card Media is a tool specifically designed to connect suppliers to operators organically across all levels from field to corporate in the Oil & Gas industry. Welcome to Phase 1 Benefits Visibility Interactivity Simplicity Easely create a profile that can be seen by every major operator 24/7 and by the right people within Ability to engage with the operator base and exchange information safely and securely with our proprietary technology Friendly, easy to use, intuitive. No instructions needed. To learn more visit us at: what we learned from the dakota access pipeline protests By MICHAEL ZEHR | Federal Policy Advisor for Consumer Energy Alliance A couple of years ago, when the Key- stone XL pipe- line project was seeking approv- als from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a handful of organizations started to protest against the construction of these projects. Despite decades of safe and reliable pipe- line operations, from that moment on, op- posing these projects gained momentum. Who are the protesters? Some are mem- bers of well-known environmental groups including Earthjustice, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Others are members of fringe environmental groups. Almost all are anti-fossil fuel zealots. Some have been at it for decades. Some are paid anti-de- velopment activists experienced at digging in their heels. Some, like those who were involved in "Occupy Wall Street," are rela- tively rootless and revel in opportunities to stand up to "the man." Chief among their concerns is the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. But their preferred solution to the environmen- tal effects of extracting and burning fossil fuels is to prohibit their use. Their rallying cry is "leave it in the ground." At the very least, they want to impose heavy taxes on carbon. They claim we can replace fos- sil fuels with solar and wind energy. But that's not true. Even the combination of both alternatives cannot meet US power demands. In their misguided fight against the devel- opment, transportation and consumption of fossil fuels, they have made pipelines one of their Frankensteins. They use scare tactics against families, ranchers and farmers and even fearmongering to elicit a sense of urgency for their cause. And, in some instances, violence. Recently, this resistance attracted pro- testors – some professionally paid – who descended on Cannonball, North Dakota, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protestors ignored all the facts about the quality of engineering, stability, and mer- its of the pipeline. Instead, they claimed it would suffer a catastrophic rupture and pollute the local water supplies. Accord- ing to police reports, anti-pipeline activists took several steps to block construction. At the worksite they verbally threatened pipeline employees. As the crowd of pro- testors grew, what started relatively peace- fully, escalated into frightening acts of

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