by Sandy Tolan for The Daily Beast

U.S. companies are set to carve up Native American and private lands in more than a dozen states in order to sell petroleum and natural gas overseas. Activists are gearing up. 

This story is in cooperation with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

 PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH ROGERS/THE DAILY BEAST

A high-stakes battle is underway on multiple front lines across America, as Native American and climate change activists square off against oil and pipeline companies racing to lay as much infrastructure into the ground as quickly as possible.

The U.S. oil industry is enjoying a surge in production, which has shot up 86 percent since 2008. Unshackled by Congress and enabled by the most oil-friendly president in decades, the industry aims to transform the American landscape with tens of billions of dollars in new pipelines, storage depots, and export terminals.

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