I remember when I was a young child growing up in Wisconsin I'd watch my dad change the oil in his Nash Rambler. He'd drain the oil into the ground. It's just what people did in the 1950s. After the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio became so polluted it caught on fire, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was formed in the early 1970s. At some point after that a law was passed prohibiting individual citizens from pouring oil onto the ground. Drop-off stations were established in landfills to dispose of used oil.
After two visits to Standing Rock to learn about their efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, the first when the clergy were there and the second when the veterans came, and after attending two informational meetings in Bemidji and one at the Hubbard Community Center on the proposed abandonment and reroute of Enbridge's Line 3, I decided it was time to voice my opinion.