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Scientists Back Native American Protesters In Dakota Access Fight, Citing Probability of Environmental Destruction and Water Pollution

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Meanwhile, a Reuters investigation finds pipeline spill detection system severely flawed

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A #NoDAPL solidarity event in Oakland, California earlier this month. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc)

Close to 100 scientists have signed onto a letter decrying “inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments” for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and calling for a halt to construction until such tests have been carried out as requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Lead signatories Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Anne Hilborn, Katherine Crocker, andAsia Murphy drew attention to the missive in a letter to the journal Science published Friday.

“The DAPL project is just one of many haphazard approaches to natural resource extraction that overlook broader consequences of oil development,” they wrote.

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