A year later, still no federal charges against ‘saboteurs’ of Dakota Access Pipeline. Why?

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/23/dakota-access-pipeline-iowa-sabotage-no-federal-charges-jessica-reznicek-ruby-montoya/801287002/ Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 23, 2018 Excerpt: by William Petroski It’s been one year since two Iowa environmental activists claimed responsibility for deliberately causing millions of dollars in damage to the Dakota Access Pipeline project, but federal prosecutors haven’t filed charges against them. The activists — Jessica Reznicek, 36, and Ruby Montoya, 28 — have gone into hiding. The lack of federal prosecution has some Iowans wondering whether charges will ever be filed. “As Continue reading →

Penalties increased for future pipeline ‘sabotage’ in Iowa

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/23/iowa-lawmakers-enact-tough-penalties-future-pipeline-sabotage-access-pipeline-standing-rock-native/805866002/ Covered by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, July 23, 2018 Excerpt: by William Petroski Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines, telecommunications facilities, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure could result in long prison sentences and large fines under a new state law approved by the Iowa Legislature in its 2018 session. The measure was drafted by state homeland security officials in the wake of millions of dollars in damage that protesters inflicted on Iowa sections of the Dakota Access Continue reading →

Advocates search for oil spill info

Link to original article: http://www.nwestiowa.com/news/advocates-search-for-oil-spill-info/article_5fc72796-8c68-11e8-9df1-ef2d89818d57.html Covered by The N’West Iowa REVIEW, Sheldon, Iowa, July 21, 2018 Excerpt: By Lana Bradstream DOON—There are no protesters, but that does not mean people do not care about the oil spill near Doon. Three Iowa environmental advocates — Bold Iowa members Ed Fallon and Christine Nobiss of Des Moines and David Thoreson of the Iowa Great Lakes — traveled to Doon and Rock Rapids on Tuesday to inquire about and investigate the June 22 BNSF Railway derailment, which resulted in Continue reading →

Bold Iowa assesses impact of oil spill

Link to original article: http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Bold-Iowa-assesses-impact-of-oil-spill-488454851.html Covered by KSFY Television, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 17, 2018 Excerpt:   DOON, Iowa (KSFY) – A local environmental group is mobilizing to help landowners impacted by last month’s train derailment and oil spill in Doon, Iowa. Bold Iowa builds alliances to fight climate change and protect the state’s soil, air and water. Organizers met with landowners, engineers and county leaders Tuesday to get a better assessment of the situation and the environmental impacts. Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon saif they need Continue reading →

Two tales of the pipeline

Link to original article: http://www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2018/05/two-tales-of-the-pipeline/ Covered by The Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, May 23, 2018 Some of the landowners in this article have spoken or will speak at Bold Iowa’s “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow, which educates about the landowner lawsuit going to the Iowa Supreme Court. Excerpt: One negotiated a deal; another fought Dakota Access over right of way; their experiences could hardly be more different Some landowners along the route of an oil pipeline installed in 2016 claim the work left their soil compacted Continue reading →

Of Mud and Oil: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Struggle to Repair the Farmland

Link to original article: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_dea926ae-5572-11e8-8e3a-fb424a91e7f0.html Covered by Iowa State Daily, Ames, Iowa, May 11, 2018 Some of the landowners in this article have spoken or will speak at Bold Iowa’s “Stop Eminent Domain Abuse” Roadshow.   Excerpt: LaVerne Johnson popped a Lifesaver mint into his mouth and motioned out in the direction of the field outside his house. “I want to tell you how brazen these people are,” he said. Johnson’s wrinkled face grew serious as he paused. “These sons-of-bitches don’t have any care at all. Continue reading →

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs “sabotage” bill into law

Link to original article: www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/gov-kim-reynolds-signs-sabotage-bill-into-law-20180417 Coverage by The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 17, 2018 Any person who intentionally damages or tries to damage infrastructure deemed critical to the safety and economic well-being of Iowans could face a criminal charge carrying a 25-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000effective July 1 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The bill, Senate File 2235, which was among 11 measures that won gubernatorial approval, would pertain to acts of sabotage committed Continue reading →

Infrastructure “sabotage” bill to governor

Link to article: www.qctimes.com/news/state-and-regional/infrastructure-sabotage-bill-to-governor/article_d94ca722-62b4-5df6-b261-4057c22b4ca9.html Coverage by The Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa, April 3, 2018 Those who intentionally damage or try to damage infrastructure deemed critical to the safety and economic well-being of Iowans could face a criminal charge carrying a 25-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000 under a bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday and sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds. Senate File 2235, which passed 35-13, would pertain to acts of sabotage committed against critical infrastructure or facilities related to Continue reading →

Pipeline sabotage bill sent to Iowa governor; sponsor says it would go after ‘bad dudes,’ not peaceful protesters

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/03/pipeline-sabotage-bill-sent-iowa-gov-reynolds-sponsor-says-would-go-after-bad-dudes-not-peaceful-pro/480319002/ Coverage by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, April 3, 2018 Criminal sabotage of Iowa pipelines, telecommunications facilities, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure could result in long prison sentences and large fines under a measure the Senate sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds Tuesday. Senate File 2235 passed on a 35-13 vote Tuesday. The Iowa House approved it 69-31 earlier. The Republican-led Senate rejected an amendment that would have made it clear the legislation would not ban picketing or other public demonstrations. Sen. Tom Shipley, R-Nodaway, Continue reading →