Iowans to Embark on Eight-Day, Eighty-Mile March for Unity on Climate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Iowans to Embark on Eight-Day, Eighty-Mile March for Unity on Climate Twenty-five marchers of diverse backgrounds to depart from Little Creek Camp on Earth Day (April 22), arrive in Des Moines on April 29 for People’s Climate Rally at State Capitol Des Moines — A group of Iowans of diverse backgrounds will embark on an eight-day, eighty-mile Climate Justice Unity March later this month to help build a broader coalition organizing for action Continue reading →

Pipeline Fighters Challenge Utilities Board Conflicts, Decisions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2017 Contact: Christine Nobiss, 319-331-8034, cnobiss@gmail.com Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Native Drummers, Singers to Rally at IUB to Challenge Dakota Access Pipeline Approval New concerns raised after IUB chair’s employment conflict unveiled Des Moines — Recently, Geri Huser, chair of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), was criticized in news stories across the country for doing paid legal work that potentially involves a serious conflict-of-interest with her full-time responsibilities with the IUB. As chair of the IUB, Huser is paid $130,000 annually. Yet Continue reading →

Environmentalists call for change in transportation methods following NW Iowa ethanol train derailment

Link to original article: whotv.com/2017/03/14/environmentalists-calling-for-change-in-transportation-methods-following-nw-iowa-ethanol-train-detrailment/ Coverage by WHO, Des Moines, Iowa, March 14, 2017 More than 15,000 gallons of ethanol leaked into a creek in Northwestern Iowa following last week’s massive train derailment and gasoline explosion. On Monday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources pulled the remaining three cars from Jack Creek. Officials say 27 of the 101 train cars, which were carrying ethanol, derailed and caught fire Friday in rural Palo Alto County. The cars burned until Sunday forcing an evacuation for residents living Continue reading →

Iowa Climate Justice Unity March: April 22-29

The People’s Climate Movement is gaining momentum for what should be a landmark day of action on April 29, marking the 100th day of the Trump Presidency. The major event is in Washington, DC, billed as “a march for climate, justice and jobs,” but there also will be hundreds of related marches in cities across the U.S. and around the globe. People’s Climate Movement Rally: April 29 in Des Moines In Iowa, the People’s Climate Movement will rally at the Iowa State Capitol at 1:00 Continue reading →

Native Nations Rise! Rally in Des Moines March 10

The sad news is that oil may soon flow through the Dakota Access pipeline. But there are several silver linings in that dark, oil-soaked cloud. First, the lawsuit filed by Iowa landowners against the abuse of eminent domain is on its way to the Iowa Supreme Court. In a recent Radio Iowa story, the attorney for the plaintiffs, Bill Hanigan, said “if eminent domain was improper, then all of the condemnation easements are invalid. If the condemnation easements are invalid, then that pipeline and all of Continue reading →

“Rise With Standing Rock” Native Nations Rally in Iowa on Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 7, 2017 Contact: Kelly Quinn, krb.quinn@gmail.com or (515) 657-0179 Shelley Buffalo, buffaloshelley@gmail.com or (319) 333-2844 Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa Director, ed@boldiowa.org or (515) 238-6404 “Rise With Standing Rock” Native Nations Iowa Rally  Standing Rock Sioux Tribe calls for solidarity as they march in prayer in Washington Des Moines  — On Friday, March 10 at 12:00 noon, members of the Meskwaki Nation and their Iowa allies will rally on the west side of the Iowa State Capitol building in solidarity with the Native Continue reading →

Magellan has 28 pipeline spills in Iowa. Will Dakota Access do better?

Link to original article: www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2017/03/04/exclusive-company-has-28-pipeline-spills-iowa-since-2000/97402034 Coverage by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, March 4, 2017 The company whose pipeline dumped more than 46,000 gallons of diesel on northern Iowa farmland in January has had more spills than any other pipeline operator in the state over the past 16 years, according to a Des Moines Register analysis. Magellan Midstream Partners pipelines leaked 27 times in Iowa between 2000 and 2016, spewing tens of thousands of gallons of hazardous products, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources Continue reading →

Report: Bold Iowa #NoDAPL Day of Direct Action – Feb. 22, 2017

> Click here to donate to support Bold Iowa’s work < On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bold Iowa organized a statewide #NoDAPL Day of Direct Action, which included events in 10 cities aimed at raising awareness and engaging in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience to protest the Dakota Access pipeline. Actions included rallies at the offices of elected officials Rep. Steve King and Rep. David Young, and a sit-in at Gov. Branstad’s office that resulted in four arrests for nonviolent civil disobedience. Bold Action Teams also occupied Continue reading →

Calhoun County pipeline opponents stage protest at King’s office

Link to original article: www.thegraphic-advocate.com/content/calhoun-county-pipeline-opponents-stage-protest-king%E2%80%99s-office Coverage by The Graphic-Advocate, Rockwell City, Iowa, February 28, 2017 A group of Calhoun County residents who have opposed the Dakota Access pipeline gathered at U.S. Rep. Steve King’s Fort Dodge office last week to protest the project. The protest was part of a statewide protest, organized by Bold Iowa, with events that took place in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Grinnell, Iowa City, Newton, Sioux City and Omaha, Neb. Emma Schmit of Rockwell City said the Fort Dodge Continue reading →