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.”

Letter to IUB Chair, Geri Huser

The escalation of climate change, coupled with the decision this week by Judge Boasberg to shut down DAPL, opens the door to a new conversation about Iowa’s role in addressing the climate crisis. Geri, you are in a unique position of leadership and influence. It is no exaggeration to say that, at this moment, more than any other Iowan, you could have an immensely profound impact on the climate crisis.

DAPL roller coaster

Hello Bold Iowans, We have an important question for you (scroll down.) But first, there are two big pieces of news to share — one good, one bad. Earlier this week, there was much excitement over a federal judge’s decision to grant the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to strike down the Dakota Access Pipeline’s (DAPL) federal permits. The judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must complete a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Hopefully, the judge’s next action will be to shut down the Continue reading →

Belt Magazine: #NoDAPL Fights on in Illinois

Bold Iowa is mentioned in this article by Amelia Diehl on the growing opposition to expanding DAPL: “Ed Fallon, an organizer with Bold Iowa, doesn’t think it’s a guaranteed rubber stamp; IUB didn’t consider climate change when the pipeline was first approved, but this will be central to the argument to fight the increased capacity. The pipeline was a ‘wake up call for people,’ Fallon said, ‘who have never seen anything like this before.'” #NoDAPL Fights On in Illinois

Who’s the worst presidential candidate on climate?

That's easy: Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Climate activists also have reservations about Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, but hands-down, Klobuchar is the worst. She claims to want to address climate change, but emphatically supports the continued build-out of fossil fuel infrastructure. Sorry, Senator. You can't be pro-fracking and pro-pipeline and say you're going to address the climate crisis. Since the corporate media have ignored Klobuchar's track record, it's up to us to get the word out. November 7, Johnston. Kathy Byrnes asks Klobuchar about her stand on DAPL and Line 3. Klobuchar again dodges the DAPL question, making some vague reference to Standing Rock. Regarding Line 3, she speaks about “calling for it to be delayed so that there’s an environmental review,” even as her track record and other public statements have made it clear to Minnesotans that she would never buck Big Oil's interests.

Proof that we’re making a difference

In the fight to save all that we know and love from climate chaos, it sometimes may seem like we're spinning our wheels. Yet every once in awhile, Energy Transfer, the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), will let slip a truth that lets us know we truly are making a difference.