Oil and Gas Boom Generates Dangerous Jobs at the Dakota Access Pipeline

Today in San Francisco, the Rise Against Climate Capitalism conference — a counter-conference to California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit — will focus on the common goals of climate activists and labor. That’s also the subject of an explosive new report: “Death on the Dakota Access: An Investigation Into the Deadly Business of Building Oil and Gas Pipelines.” We speak with Antonia Juhasz, a longtime oil and energy journalist, about her new investigation for Pacific Standard magazine on the deaths of two men who worked on the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the massive oil and natural gas boom that has generated some of the deadliest jobs in the country.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. We are broadcasting from San Francisco, the site of this week’s Global Climate Action Summit. I’m Amy Goodman.

Thousands, tens of thousands of people marched here in San Francisco Saturday to demand action on climate, jobs and justice as they kicked off the Rise Against Climate Capitalism conference, a counter-conference to California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit.

Today the conference will highlight the common goals of climate activists and labor. That’s also the focus of an explosive new report headlined Death on the Dakota Access: An investigation into the deadly business of building oil and gas pipelines. Published today in the Pacific Standard magazine, it looks at the deaths of two men who worked on DAPL — that’s the Dakota Access Pipeline — and the massive oil and natural gas boom that has generated some of the deadliest jobs in the country.

For more, we are joined by the report’s author, Antonia Juhasz, longtime oil and energy journalist. Her books include Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill and The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry — and What We Must Do to Stop It….

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