Author Archives: Ed Fallon

BREAKING: Oil Company’s Lawsuit Targets Iowa Pipeline Opponents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5:00 a.m. CT, August 22, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com BOLD IOWA CITED IN OIL COMPANY’S SWEEPING LAWSUIT Allegations of “racketeering” absurd, claims Bold Iowa’s leader Des Moines, IA — In response to the sweeping, 187-page lawsuit by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) against Greenpeace and numerous other NGOs, Bold Iowa’s director, Ed Fallon, labeled it “a corporate witch hunt” and “a desperate, insidious effort to silence public opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) and other fossil-fuel expansion Continue reading →

Petition to Remove Richard W. Lozier, Jr., from the Iowa Utilities Board

Click here to sign petition. Petition Delivery on Friday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. Iowa State Capitol, 1007 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines Join Bold Iowa, Indigenous Iowa, Iowa CCI and Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol building for a brief press conference. Then we’ll visit the Governor’s office. Click here for Facebook event. We call on Governor Kim Reynolds and other members of the Executive Council of Iowa (Paul D. Pate, Secretary of State; Michael L. Fitzgerald, Continue reading →

Stand in Court with #NoDAPL Land Protector Emma Schmit and Mahmud Fitil Pleading “Not Guilty”

Friday, October 13 at 9:00 a.m. Calhoun County Court House, 416 4th St, Rockwell City, Iowa Date is subject to change. Check back closer to date to confirm. Land Protector Emma Schmit and Mahmud Fitil will appear in court in to plead “Not Guilty” to trespassing charges while participating in a Bold Iowa nonviolent action to stop Dakota Access construction. Pipeline Fighters are invited to show up in court and stand in solidarity. Click here for details.

Demand Politicians, Not Taxpayers, Pay Lawsuit Settlement

Click here to sign petition. We call on Iowa Senate Republicans to pay the $2.2 million tab to settle Kirsten Anderson’s sexual harassment lawsuit. On July 18, a Polk County jury rightfully ruled in Kirsten’s favor. But taxpayers shouldn’t pay for the sexually inappropriate and demeaning behavior of a handful of politicians and their staff. Demand that Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) and the Iowa Republican Party pay the settlement fee.

Another Pipeline??

Dear Friends, This week, two Boone County landowners contacted me when they noticed a large amount of pipe arriving at the staging area used last year to stockpile materials for the Dakota Access pipeline. Ever suspicious of Dakota Access’ activities and motives, folks in Boone County were rightfully on guard. So, I dug into it a bit. I contacted officials with both the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). I learned that the pipe is for the Northern Natural Gas (NNG) Continue reading →

Iowa Pipeline Fighter Found Guilty, Will File Appeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8:00 a.m. CT, July 7, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa, 515-238-6404, ed@fallonforum.com or Brenda Brink, Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, 515-203-9389, brendarbrink@gmail.com Iowa Pipeline Fighter Found Guilty, Will File Appeal  Ruling in Heather Pearson’s trial ignores justification defense Rockwell City, IA — Heather Pearson, a resident of Logan, Iowa and a Dakota Access pipeline opponent who was arrested on October 29, 2016 during nonviolent direct action to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Shirley Gerjets’ property in Calhoun County, was Continue reading →

Pipeline Fighter to File Appeal

Late yesterday afternoon, Heather Pearson was found guilty of trespass for her brave stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline last fall. Among the many hats she wears, Heather is Bold Iowa’s Director of Rabble Rousing and is never shy about leading songs or chants during rallies and marches. Yesterday, seated with her attorney, Channing Dutton, in a courtroom in Rockwell City, Heather comported herself with dignity and clarity on the witness stand and talking with reporters after the verdict was read. Here’s the press release Continue reading →

NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action: Pictures and Video

Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa organized a NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action on the south steps of the Iowa Capitol on July 1, 2017. Many powerful Native and non-Native speakers shared words of inspiration and music, including classical guitarist, Gabriel Ayala. Click here for NoDAPL Rally, Concert and Call to Action Photo Album   Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa Still #NoDapl Summary Video by Rodger Routh Click on the links below to view additional video excerpts… Gabriel Ayala speaks and plays at NoDAPL rally Gabriel Continue reading →

Company Spying on Pipeline Opponents Operated Without License

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday 3:00 p.m. CT, June 29, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404 or ed@fallonforum.com Company Spying on Pipeline Opponents Operated Without License Analysis suggests TigerSwan guilty of a serious misdemeanor Des Moines, Iowa — Conversations with two Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS) officials (Amber Markham and Ross Loder) and preliminary analysis of relevant records show that TigerSwan, the para-military security firm hired by Dakota Access to spy on pipeline opponents, operated in Iowa without a license for at least six Continue reading →

Iowa Woman Arrested Stopping Dakota Access Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead “Not Guilty,”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@fallonforum.com Iowa Woman Arrested Stopping Dakota Access Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead “Not Guilty,” Citing “Climate Emergency” Justification for Trespassing Bold Iowa’s “Farmer Defense Camp” was established with permission on eminent domain holdout landowner Shirley Gerjets’ property, a first of its kind in Dakota Access pipeline fight Rockwell City, IA — Heather Pearson, a resident of Logan, Iowa and Water Protector who was arrested in October 2016 during Continue reading →