Karl Rockeman, North Dakota’s division of water quality director, told the AP that the recent Keystone Pipeline leak is estimated to have impacted 4.8 acres, or almost 209,100 square feet of land – which is roughly ten times the size of earlier estimates. (Below from 2016)

“David and I left Standing Rock and went home to our friends and families. It had been a brief, but very intense trip. Both of us learned a lot during our time there, but I left with far more questions than answers. I didn’t go there for answers anyway, nor was I embarking on some asinine spiritual journey to "find myself” while playing Indian. I went to bring supplies and show support for people that I believed were being treated with unnecessary force while peacefully protesting something they believed endangered their welfare.

What is happening at Standing Rock is a reaction to the continued and systematic oppression of the indigenous people of our land. I am amazed at the level of restraint and commitment to nonviolence the overwhelming majority of these people have continued to display in such large numbers, and can only pray that everything remains as peaceful as possible. If the events occurring there were to happen in a major American city instead of way out on the edge of an isolated Indian reservation, there would be massive riots, and there is no question about that in my mind. There are other questions, though; hard questions that we need to start asking ourselves, all of us…

…The most important one is this: Are we ready to stop screwing around and decide whether or not we are going to leave a world where human beings can survive in the future?…

…Fossil fuels are named such because they are derived from decaying plant and animal matter that once lived hundreds of millions of years ago. Fossil fuels are a finite, non-renewable resource. Humanity has the potential to reproduce and increase in size infinitely, at least until the sun burns itself out and our planet dies of natural cosmic causes. Finite supply meets infinite demand – what is the logical end result of this equation?…

…The supply is going to run out. So what will happen then? Will we take off in our spaceships and hope we can find some other planet suitable for raping? And how will we fuel those ships once we’ve drilled the earth dry?…

…The events at Standing Rock are a timely reminder that we are killing our planet, and it is the only one we have. We have to begin damage control now, and as one race start embracing clean energy alternatives. This will obviously not occur overnight, and the millions of hard-working people who feed their families by working in the fossil-fuel industry will need to be provided with a way to earn a living. It’s going to take a lot of research by people a lot smarter than me, it’s going to be very difficult, and it’s going require some complex, forward-thinking actions during an uncomfortable transition period.

But we don’t have a choice, do we?“