30 Iowans Arrested in Boone County During Peaceful Demonstration Against Dakota Access Pipeline and Risks to Water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Adam Mason, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, adam@iowacci.org Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance: 402-577-0315, mark@boldalliance.org 30 Iowans Arrested in Boone County During Peaceful Demonstration Against Dakota Access Pipeline and Risks to Water First of series of direct actions planned by organizers of the “Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance” Boone County, Iowa — Thirty Iowans were arrested on Wednesday afternoon while participating among a crowd of 150 in a peaceful, nonviolent act of civil Continue reading →

Pipeline protestors stand for the rights of workers

Link to original story: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2016/09/01/pipeline-protesters-stand-rights-workers/89734644/ Coverage by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, September 1, 2016: As we celebrate Labor Day, all Iowans and Americans should remember the thousands of laborers throughout America’s history who have fought and sacrificed for the benefits most of us take for granted. Their sacrifices included the use of civil disobedience and non-violent protest that required great courage and often came at great personal expense. There are many examples of labor’s embrace of nonviolent action, including the use of Continue reading →

Bold Iowa concerned about waterway issues caused by pipeline

Link to original story: http://whotv.com/2016/08/30/bold-iowa-concerned-about-waterway-issues-caused-by-bakken-pipeline/ Coverage by WHO, Des Moines, Iowa, August 30, 2016 DES MOINES, Iowa — Opponents of the Bakken pipeline say the fight is far from over and are now fighting for Iowa’s waterways. “What happens when this breaks, it`s not a matter of if, it`s a matter of when and where under our river crossings where there`s a deep angle to that crossing,” said Ed Fallon, State Director of Bold Iowa. “It`s a really good possibility for where it might break.” Continue reading →

Analysis of Bakken Oil Finds Benzene, Other Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds Would Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Analysis of Bakken Oil Finds Benzene, Other Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds Would Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa will co-host a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Simon Estes Amphitheater, to present the findings of an analysis of samples of Bakken oil for benzene and other cancer-causing compounds that would potentially flow through the Dakota Access pipeline. WHAT: Press Conference to Present Bakken Oil Continue reading →

Bold Iowa Responds to Dakota Access Motion for Restraining Order Against Bold Iowa, Director Ed Fallon Aimed at Silencing Peaceful Pipeline Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance: 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org Bold Iowa Responds to Dakota Access Motion for Restraining Order Against Bold Iowa, Director Ed Fallon Aimed at Silencing Peaceful Pipeline Protests Pipeline company seeks to preempt First Amendment speech, pipeline protests organized by Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Des Moines — Bold Iowa issues the following statement in response to the unprecedented action by pipeline company Dakota Access today to Continue reading →

Sign the Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance

The potential trigger for our Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance is if work begins in earnest on the Bakken Pipeline across Iowa, which became a reality on Monday, June 6 when the Iowa Utilities Board voted 2-1 to authorize construction. (1) Our first action under the Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31, with a peaceful nonviolent action training in Pilot Mound beginning at 9 a.m., and an action from approx. 1-4 p.m. at an undisclosed location.  You can pledge to Continue reading →

Protesters Greet Donald Trump at Joni Ernst Event with Calls for No Eminent Domain for Private Gain, No Bakken Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Protesters to Greet Donald Trump at Joni Ernst Event on Saturday with Calls for No Eminent Domain for Private Gain, No Bakken Pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future will hold a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, to greet GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump with a message of “No eminent domain for private gain,” and a call to stop the Dakota Access “Bakken” Continue reading →

A New Chapter in Fight Against Pipeline

Link to original story: http://www.thegazette.com/subject/opinion/guest-columnists/a-new-chapter-in-fight-against-pipeline-20160810 Coverage by The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 10, 2016   In every fight against injustice, there comes a point when men and women of conscience must defy laws allowing that injustice to persist. In the protracted fight to stop the Bakken pipeline, we have arrived at that point. Over the past two years landowners, farmers, tribes and environmentalists have done everything possible to stop the pipeline. We have pursued legal and legislative channels at great cost of time and money. Continue reading →

Iowa Regulators Approve Bakken Oil Pipeline Construction

Link to original story: http://whotv.com/2016/06/06/iowa-regulators-approve-bakken-oil-pipeline-construction/ Coverage by WHO TV, Des Moines, Iowa, June 6, 2016: DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials have given the green light for construction to begin on the Bakken oil pipeline through Iowa. The Iowa Utility Board votes 2-1 to approve Dakota Access to begin construction on the pipeline in approved areas. @WHOhd — Stephanie Moore (@StephMooreWHOHD) June 6, 2016 The Iowa Utilities Board initially voted in March to approve the pipeline but said all necessary paperwork needed to be turned in before Continue reading →

Bold Iowa, Iowa 350 Deliver Petition Urging Iowa Atty. General Tom Miller to Investigate Exxon’s Climate Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10:00 a.m. CT, May 24, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa director, (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.org   Petition signers to Miller: Investigate Exxon Des Moines, IA — On Wednesday, May 25, Bold Iowa and Iowa 350 will deliver petitions signed by over 1,000 Iowans to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, encouraging him to look into allegations that Exxon lied about climate change, thus violating the public trust. According to a report by InsideClimate News, Exxon worked “at the forefront of climate denial. It put its muscle behind Continue reading →