Someone used a torch to cut a hole in the Dakota Access pipeline at an above-ground safety valve site southeast of Des Moines causing extensive damage in an incident of felony vandalism.
Statement from Brigham A. McCown, former acting administrator of the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: “If they had tried to utilize a torch to burn through the sidewall, they would have likely ignited the oil inside and been killed instantly. This is a serious safety issue and cannot be justified under any basis. Those responsible should face severe criminal penalties.”
The Energy Transfer Partners have also endured months of costly delays over the last year because of Standing Rock Sioux and protesters that fought the final 1,100-foot stretch of the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline in North Dakota.