Texas landowner forced to pay for oil pipeline removal

Dear Friends, Here’s a not-so-hypothetical question for you: Who’s responsible for removing an abandoned oil or gas pipeline? (A) Pipeline company (B) Government (C) Landowner Sorry, if you guessed (A) or even (B), you think you’re living in a world that makes sense. As wrong as it seems, the answer is (C). A few years back, a Texas landowner called a pipeline salvage company and was told it would cost about $1,000 to remove 300 feet of an abandoned oil pipeline. The landowner then discovered Continue reading →

Ed Fallon’s letter to Attorney General Tom Miller about DAPL

January 27, 2021 Dear Attorney General Miller, Respectfully, I must register my profound disappointment in your support for the Dakota Access Pipeline. It makes no sense to me — and many others I talk with — why you would sign on to an amicus brief defending a Texas corporation that trampled on private property rights to tear up 350 miles of Iowa farmland in order to build an oil pipeline that now exacerbates our worsening climate emergency and threatens our water. I’ve read both the amicus brief and Continue reading →

Amicus Brief against Standing Rock Sioux lawsuit, signed by Iowa AG Tom Miller

USCA Case #20-5197 Document #1851524 Filed: 07/14/2020 Page 1 of 17 ORAL ARGUMENT NOT YET SCHEDULED  IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS  FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT  STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, et al.,  Plaintiffs-Appellees  and  CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE; STEVE VANCE,  Intervenors for Plaintiff-Appellees,  No. 20-5197  U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, et al.,  Defendant-Appellee,  and  DAKOTA ACCESS LLC,  Intervenor for Defendant-Appellant.  __________________________________  ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  ____________________________________  AMICUS BRIEF FOR THE STATES OF INDIANA, Continue reading →

Appeals Court ruling on Standing Rock lawsuit, January 26, 2021

[Below is the text of the ruling. For a more correctly paginated copy, visit this link: https://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/dc_cir_dapl_opinion.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1QnX0hFALJrOSY5bDuClzrRuDRrdOpOHfaeNU-6FvJqnaxFik8vQnMWbQ.] USCA Case #20-5197 Document #1881818 Filed: 01/26/2021 Page 1 of 36 United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT Argued November 4, 2020 Decided January 26, 2021 No. 20-5197 STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, ET AL., APPELLEES v. UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, APPELLANT DAKOTA ACCESS LLC, INTERVENOR Consolidated with 20-5201 Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (No. 1:16-cv-01534) Continue reading →

Tom Miller lone Democratic AG to stand with Big Oil on DAPL suit

“We could not be more disappointed in Attorney General Tom Miller,” said Bold Iowa director, Ed Fallon. “In siding with Big Oil against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Miller also stood against the many Iowa farmers and landowners forced to fight DAPL as their land was stolen through eminent domain. Miller also stood against the many Iowans working to address the climate crisis. If the pipeline leaks or breaks, we’ll remember that Miller stood against protecting Iowa’s water, too.”

TRUTHOUT: As Biden Axes KXL Pipeline, Water Protectors Urge Him to Reject DAPL and Line 3

In advance of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, Biden told climate activists with Bold Iowa that he opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline. “Take my word. I’ve never broken my word. I’ve been opposed to the pipeline to begin with,” Biden told Bold Iowa’s Kathy Byrnes and Ed Fallon. Now, the activists are asking him to keep his promise and prevent a proposed expansion of the pipeline. “Take my word. I’ve never broken my word. I’ve been opposed to the pipeline to begin with.”

Biden must keep his promise to stop DAPL expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 1:30 pm CT Contact Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or [email protected] — www.boldiowa.com Biden must keep his promise to stop DAPL expansion As the President shuts down Keystone, Iowans remind him of his opposition to DAPL Des Moines, Iowa — Leading up to the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, Joe Biden told Bold Iowa climate activists on several occasions that he opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). (View the record of Bold Iowa’s interactions with Biden on ten occasions.) On August Continue reading →

Sojourner Truth Radio post-debate panel

On October 22, 2020, Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon joined panelists from across the country to debrief the final debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Sojourner Truth Radio with Margaret Prescod. Fallon’s observations begin at the 7:40-minute mark. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM.

Salon — Farmers have long memories: Trump’s climate record could hurt him in Iowa

https://www.salon.com/2020/10/17/farmers-have-long-memories-trumps-climate-record-could-hurt-him-in-iowa_partner/ Farmers have long memories: Trump’s climate record could hurt him in Iowa In rural Iowa, farmers bearing the brunt of climate change may play an outsize role in electing the next president JUDITH LEWIS MERNIT OCTOBER 17, 2020 4:23PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Capital & Main. Keith Puntenney never gave his permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cut through his Iowa farmland. When, in 2016, the state took the land anyway, he and several other landowners sued regulators for trespass, on Continue reading →

Capital & Main — Farmers Have Long Memories: Trump’s Climate Record Could Hurt Him in Iowa

Farmers Have Long Memories: Trump’s Climate Record Could Hurt Him in Iowa Farmers Have Long Memories: Trump’s Climate Record Could Hurt Him in Iowa In rural Iowa, farmers bearing the brunt of climate change may play an outsize role in electing the next president. by Judith Lewis Mernit Published on October 14, 2020 Keith Puntenney never gave his permission for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cut through his Iowa farmland. When, in 2016, the state took the land anyway, he and several other landowners sued Continue reading →