As tribes continue to resist Dakota Access pipeline, oil exec suggests paying them off

A top oil executive with North Dakota’s largest oil producer said the stalemate between tribes and the controversial Dakota Access pipeline that’s sparked mass protests across the country could end if tribes got oil service contracts. James J. Volker, chief executive officer of Whiting Petroleum, told Reuters tribal grievances against the $3.8 billion pipeline could be solved if the industry gave tribes economic opportunities. watch more on link below..

That would including contracting with Native American-owned firms for water hauling and other oil-related jobs “We as an industry like to see them provide those services,” Volker told Reuters Tuesday while at the Independent Petroleum Association of America symposium in San Francisco. “It does provide a better standard of living for them. It does provide a direct tie to the energy business and makes them and their tribal leaders more inclined to want to have more energy development.”

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