Florida Farmers Robbed Through Eminent Domain for Sabal Trail Pipeline

(Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon recently visited with water protectors, environmentalists and others fighting the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida.) “Water is Life!” A cry started in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline has become a national rallying cry in the growing movement to beat-back Big Oil. Pipeline fights across the country have now brought the reality of the essential importance of water home to millions of Americans. More and more are jumping on board, working to protect water, land, property rights and our climate from the Continue reading →

Support Bold action to stop Trump, Keystone XL and Dakota Access

While many of us are looking forward to putting 2016 behind us, we here at Bold are reflecting on what was an amazing year of growth for us — and gearing up for big battles to come in 2017. In 2016, the Bold Alliance launched nationwide, expanding on Bold Nebraska’s successful organizing model of unlikely alliances protecting the land and water. We grew our team from three to eight Bold staff members in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Bold worked with union and progressive partners Continue reading →

Pipeline Opponents Rally in Des Moines Following Court Hearing for Landowners’ Arguments Against Eminent Domain for Dakota Access

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 15, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance: 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org Pipeline Opponents Rally in Des Moines Following Court Hearing for Landowners’ Arguments Against Eminent Domain for Dakota Access Landowners on pipeline route challenging eminent domain authority; Sierra Club Iowa Chapter challenging Iowa Utilities Board decision on eminent domain Des Moines — Bold Iowa and coalition partners today stood in court with Iowa farmers and landowners who are challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to seize their land against Continue reading →

Dec. 15 Court Hearing to Highlight Eminent Domain Issue for Dakota Access

The battle against the Dakota Access pipeline has morphed into a conflict bigger than anyone ever imagined. Sure, it’s a critical element of the growing movement to push back against climate change. But it also has become a pivotal issue on two related fronts: (1) The rights of Native communities, and (2) The rights of farmers and other property owners subject to the eminent domain. Thursday, December 15 marks a significant event in the struggle to protect Iowa landowner rights. It’s important for those of Continue reading →

Iowans Rally and March With Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain for Pipeline

Learn more about this Thursday’s action in today’s press release… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 13, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance: 402-705-3622, jane@boldnebraska.org Pipeline Fighters to Rally and March After Court Hearing for Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain Des Moines — Bold Iowa and coalition partners will stand in court on Thursday in Des Moines alongside Iowa farmers and landowners still engaged in a legal fight challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to seize their land against their will for the Dakota Access pipeline. After the court Continue reading →

Week with Water Protectors at Standing Rock

Dear Friends, For me, the week that Lyssa Wade and I spent at Standing Rock was a life-changing experience. If you missed any of my daily blog posts, you can read them here: Day 1: Our Arrival Day 2: Surviving the Blizzard Day 3: Building Standing Rock Day 4: Dakota Access’ Smiling Faces Day 5: Building Solar Barns Day 6: Water is Life (Lyssa wrote a daily blog as well, and you can read those here.) The other life-changing experience for me during this pipeline Continue reading →

Sign the Petition: Stop Eminent Domain Abuse

Many Iowa farmers and landowners in the path of the Dakota Access “Bakken” Pipeline have been forced to surrender their land against their will for the pipeline, because of the abuse of “eminent domain” law by the state of Iowa. The law of eminent domain was originally intended to enable the construction of large projects that promote the “public good” — think interstate highways, railroads, and schools. But now eminent domain is being abused for corporate greed by Big Oil in Iowa and across the Continue reading →

Iowa oil pipeline protesters energized by North Dakota victory

Link to original article: http://whotv.com/2016/12/05/iowa-oil-pipeline-protestors-energized-by-north-dakota-victory/ Coverage by WHO, Des Moines, Iowa, December 5, 2016 Crews have already laid the groundwork for the nearly 350 mile oil pipeline across Iowa. The route runs right across Chris Merten’s farmland in rural Jasper County. “It looks just as good, some places better than it did before,” said Merten. Merten believes the federal government decision to deny a permit to build part of the pipeline near Native American lands in North Dakota might delay the project, but it won’t Continue reading →