Highways. It would be harder to find better roads in the US. The highway system here in north Texas is incredible. Lots of construction, and in the big scheme of things, my hunch is "they" are barely keeping up.
Off the net. Needless to say, I will be off the net off and on today. If our granddaughter's team wins this morning, they will have at least one more game this afternoon, and then possibly a game this evening.
Back to the Bakken
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Black snakes in Siouxland. Link here.
DAPL update: it's hard to keep track of the players. I thought it was the same "group" -- just a different name -- challenging DAPL in court, but a reader helped explain it:
The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is bordered on the south by the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation lies entirely outside of North Dakota.
After the Army Corps of Engineers issued the easement Tuesday of this week, the Cheyenne River Sioux filed a suit alleging that their clean, spiritual water would be harmed. They contend that they cannot freely practice their religion unless they can dip water from the Missouri and haul it to their sweat lodges in wooden buckets. They also cite a supposed long-held belief that the "Black Snake" must not be allowed to destroy their great nation. At the very end of the filing they reference the gas pipeline that was dug on the same route as the DAPL 30 years ago - dismissing it as a problem since gas isn't black.
So - they're acting like DAPL would be the first oil pipeline upstream of them on the Missouri. Not only is it not the first oil pipeline under the Missouri, it turns out that the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold (the reservation north of Standing Rock) actually own 12% of a new oil pipeline, the Sacagawea Pipeline a bit farther north under Lake Sakagawea (many alternate spellings).
Methinks that the Standing Rock folks wanted an ownership position in DAPL similar to what their northern brethren negotiated with Sacagawea Pipeline.Thus the invitation to protest. Alas, there's a difference in a pipeline crossing your land and a pipeline near your land.
The Cheyenne River case is to be heard by Judge Boasberg on Monday. He's the same judge who has denied two previous injunctions requested by the Standing Rock, so we'll see if he can sort through this.
In the meantime - here's the link for Three Affiliated Tribe's ownership in the oil pipeline -- "another" black snake, I guess.
And this is the link for the Grey Wolf Midstream, LLC -- an affiliate of Missouri River Resources, a Three Affiliated Tribes chartered energy company in North Dakota.
The Sacagawea Pipeline Company, LLC is developing the 91 mile Sacagawea pipeline to deliver crude from points in McKenzie and Dunn Counties south of the river to points north of Lake Sacagawea.
Sacagawea Pipeline Company, LLC is a joint venture between Paradigm Energy Partners, LLC and Phillips 66 Partners, LP, and Grey Wolf Midstream, LLC.
Note: the cartoon icons above were placed by me, not the reader. Don't "blame" the reader for politically incorrect icons. LOL.