Claim: Oil Drilling has only increased since Joe Biden took office.
Fact: There is a backlog of drilling applications due to an increase in applications under the previous administration, and a federal judge overturned President Biden’s pause on new drilling on public land.
During his time as President, Donald Trump drastically reduced the time needed to review drilling applications. In addition to this, after Joe Biden’s win, companies rushed to lock in drilling rights before the President-elect could take office and implement his pledge changes.
One of the major concerns by both First American and environmental groups are potential pipeline leaks. While Energy Transfer Partners assures they’ve complied with federal requirements, their parent company, Suncoco, who will be operating the pipeline has a history of pipeline leaks, which includes another lake. Here is a partial list of Suncoco’s leaks:
According to 5 Eye Witness News
Federal records show no company has had more hazardous materials leak in the past decade than Sunoco Logistic. There have been 274 incidents.
For comparison, the second company on that list had 18 fewer incidents, but operates more than four times the miles of pipeline.
According to Reuters:
Sunoco Logistics (SXL.N), the future operator of the oil pipeline delayed this month after Native American protests in North Dakota, spills crude more often than any of its competitors with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data.
Will the Pipeline will help reduce American dependence on foreign oil?
While Energy Transfer Partners claims the oil will be solely for domestic use, others have raised concern that some oil we be exported to other markets. With the 40-year ban on crude oil export recently lifted (a lift that Energy Transfer Partners lobbied for), there is no guarantee that this oil will be used domestically.