"Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to
destroy water with chemical warfare doesn't
make a corporation a terrorist."
-Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe
"DAPL? What's that?" I've been shocked at how many people don't know what's happening in North Dakota right now. I know I shouldn't really be surprised, somehow a little part of me is anyway. For months, there has been a fight between the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and over 200 other indigenous groups against Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, a company building an oil pipeline through indigenous land . It's known as the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and puts the water supply for over 8 million people at risk . This pipeline will be over 1,100 miles long and transport as much as 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day .
With little to no media coverage on this massive and continuous stand against Big Oil and the many others, social media as with many other national and global issues, is the main resource for news surrounding the DAPL. This is just a VERY brief and basic overview of the the continuous fight happening in North Dakota with the goal of spreading awareness. The movement #NoDAPL is the best place to get diverse sources about what's happening as well as any of the links sourced here.
UPDATE: While doing research for the Dakota Access Pipeline I came across a pipeline project that is happening right in my own backyard. The $3 billion 515-mile Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline has already broken ground and runs through Alabama, Georgia and Florida . It is set to be operational by May 1st, 2017 and will run through many already overburdened Black communities . Southern Dougherty County is 72% Black and already houses "259 hazardous waste facilities, 8 facilities producing and releasing air pollutants, 20 facilities releasing toxic pollutants, and 16 facilities releasing pollutants into the waters of the United States" . This is just one example. I really encourage you to take the time to learn about what's being done in your surrounding areas and in your state. Many of these projects are displace thousands of people, pose huge environmental risks like oil spills, and are at the expense of locals. Please check the resources list for ways to stay updated on protests and how to get involved.
 Common Dreams
 #NoDAPL Solidarity
 DAPL Iowa Progress Report
 Natural Gas Pipeline In Southeast Sparks Environmental Justice Outcry
 Proposed Sabal Trail Raises Environmental Justice, Health Concerns
More Info & Resources
 Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Press Release
 Huffington Post: Court Denies Standing Rock Request to Stop Construction of DAPL
 Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition
 Red Warrior Camp
 Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline Gets Final Permits
 Sabal Pipeline Trail Seizes Florida Properties
 Lawsuit Filed Against 515 Mile Sabal Trail Pipeline Project
 Sabal Trail Protestors Camp Outside Pipeline Route
 Sierra Club News
 Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Petition
 Camp of Sacred Stones
 Red Warrior Camp Legal Fund
 Solidarity with Standing Rock
 Stop Sabal Trail Pipeline
 Stop Sabal Trail