DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a line to transport crude oil across four states. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe argued that the pipeline would contaminate their drinking water and disrupt sacred burial sites. The project was suspended, and in February of 2017 was ultimately approved to begin construction. Ethical and environmental issues are raised surrounding this project.
In September of 2016, Asheville City Councill voted on a resolution to “stand in support” of the Standing Rock Souix tribe as they protested the pipeline.
FLINT, MICHIGAN WATER CRISIS
At the far end of this art piece, there is a tower of water jugs on top of an old sink. “Flint” is written in bold red letters down this tower.
In 2015, dangerous levels of lead were found in the water in Flint, Michigan. This made the water unsafe to drink, cook with, or even bathe in. Flint, a primarily Black, low income town, is still struggling with access to clean water.