Armstrong Discusses Dakota Access Pipeline Benefits for MHA Nation
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) discussed the benefits the Dakota Access Pipeline provides for the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and North Dakota as a whole. This discussion took place at the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee hearing entitled “Generating Equity: Deploying a Just and Clean Energy Future”.
“If we want to talk about equity, I would have everyone read the declaration of Mark Fox, whose the Chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. MHA transports sixty percent of their oil by the Dakota Access Pipeline. It accounts for eighty percent of their Tribal budget. Everybody who lives on the Reservation is affected by the oil & gas industry. Every single person on the reservation is going to be negatively impacted if the pipeline shuts down. Those are the real costs and real concerns,” said Congressman Armstrong.
The more than 2,500 wells on the Reservation produce nearly 300,000 barrels of oil per day, about 25 percent of North Dakota’s total volume. The revenue from these resources pays for health insurance, infrastructure projects, courts, law enforcement, a child safety center, schools, health clinics, and cultural centers. According to MHA, if the pipeline shuts down, estimated losses will exceed $160 million over a one year period and $250 million over two years.