One Year Ago Today . . .

Dear Friends, One year ago today, Iowans rallied at the Polk County Courthouse to support landowners suing state government over the abuse of eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline. That case now advances to the Iowa Supreme Court. Its ramifications for other eminent domain fights, climate change and water quality are significant. Today, one year later, Bold Iowa issued the following press release. Please take a few minutes to read and share it . . . and please make a donation to support Continue reading →

Call on Gov. Kim Reynolds to Remove Richard Lozier from the IUB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10:00 a.m. CT, September 7, 2017 Contact: Heather Pearson at (402) 452-0534 or heatherlpearson@live.com Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com CALL ON GOV. KIM REYNOLDS TO REMOVE RICHARD LOZIER FROM THE IUB Citing “gross partiality” as referenced in the Iowa Code Des Moines, IA — Bold Iowa and its partners call on Governor Kim Reynolds and other members of the Executive Council of Iowa (Paul D. Pate, Secretary of State; Michael L. Fitzgerald, Treasurer of State; Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture; and Mary Continue reading →

BREAKING: Oil Company’s Lawsuit Targets Iowa Pipeline Opponents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5:00 a.m. CT, August 22, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com BOLD IOWA CITED IN OIL COMPANY’S SWEEPING LAWSUIT Allegations of “racketeering” absurd, claims Bold Iowa’s leader Des Moines, IA — In response to the sweeping, 187-page lawsuit by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) against Greenpeace and numerous other NGOs, Bold Iowa’s director, Ed Fallon, labeled it “a corporate witch hunt” and “a desperate, insidious effort to silence public opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) and other fossil-fuel expansion Continue reading →

Iowa Pipeline Fighter Found Guilty, Will File Appeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8:00 a.m. CT, July 7, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa, 515-238-6404, ed@fallonforum.com or Brenda Brink, Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, 515-203-9389, brendarbrink@gmail.com Iowa Pipeline Fighter Found Guilty, Will File Appeal  Ruling in Heather Pearson’s trial ignores justification defense Rockwell City, IA — Heather Pearson, a resident of Logan, Iowa and a Dakota Access pipeline opponent who was arrested on October 29, 2016 during nonviolent direct action to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Shirley Gerjets’ property in Calhoun County, was Continue reading →

Company Spying on Pipeline Opponents Operated Without License

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday 3:00 p.m. CT, June 29, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404 or ed@fallonforum.com Company Spying on Pipeline Opponents Operated Without License Analysis suggests TigerSwan guilty of a serious misdemeanor Des Moines, Iowa — Conversations with two Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS) officials (Amber Markham and Ross Loder) and preliminary analysis of relevant records show that TigerSwan, the para-military security firm hired by Dakota Access to spy on pipeline opponents, operated in Iowa without a license for at least six Continue reading →

Iowa Woman Arrested Stopping Dakota Access Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead “Not Guilty,”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@fallonforum.com Iowa Woman Arrested Stopping Dakota Access Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead “Not Guilty,” Citing “Climate Emergency” Justification for Trespassing Bold Iowa’s “Farmer Defense Camp” was established with permission on eminent domain holdout landowner Shirley Gerjets’ property, a first of its kind in Dakota Access pipeline fight Rockwell City, IA — Heather Pearson, a resident of Logan, Iowa and Water Protector who was arrested in October 2016 during Continue reading →

Pipeline Opponents to Gov Reynolds: Appoint New IUB Member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1:00 p.m. CT, June 14, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon at 515-238-6404 or ed@fallonforum.com Contact: Christine Nobiss at 319-331-8034 or cnobiss@gmail.com Pipeline Opponents to Gov Reynolds: Appoint New IUB Member July 1 action at the State Capitol announced Des Moines, Iowa — In light of Iowa Utilities Board member Richard W. Lozier, Jr.’s statement today that he is recusing himself from any votes or even discussion of the Dakota Access pipeline, Bold Iowa and Indigenous Iowa called on Governor Kim Reynolds to remove Continue reading →

DAPL reprimanded for failure to file detail on insurance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4:00 p.m. CT, June 9, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon: 515-238-6404, or ed@fallonforum.com DAPL reprimanded for failure to file detail on insurance Des Moines, Iowa — Bold Iowa responded today to the order released this afternoon by the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) regarding Dakota Access’ failure to file “accurate, up-to-date information regarding the insurance for this pipeline,” according to the IUB’s order. Read the complete IUB order here. “At first, Dakota Access tried to get out of any meaningful insurance policy whatsoever,” pointed Continue reading →

Pipeline opponent “guilty,” but trial sets precedent for justification defense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2017 Contact: Kriss Wells: 563-289-3635, kriss444@aol.com Carolyn Raffensperger: 515-450-2320, raffensperger@cs.com Ed Fallon: 515-238-6404, ed@fallonforum.com Pipeline opponent “guilty,” but trial sets precedent for justification defense Boone, Iowa — Kriss Wells (pictured below), a long-time resident of the Quad Cities and a retired social worker, received a verdict of “guilty” in a jury trial today at the Boone County Courthouse. Wells was one of thirty pipeline opponents charged with trespass on August 31, 2016 while blocking vehicles from leaving or entering a Continue reading →

June 30: Jury Trial for Iowa Woman Arrested in Dakota Access Protest on Farmer’s Land

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, ed@boldiowa.org Jessica Fears, Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, 515-450-9627, fearsj@gmail.com Iowa Woman Arrested Stopping Dakota Access Construction on Iowa Landowner’s Property Taken by Eminent Domain to Plead “Not Guilty,” Citing “Climate Emergency” Justification for Trespassing Bold Iowa’s “Farmer Defense Camp” was established with permission on eminent domain holdout landowner Shirley Gerjets’ property, a first of its kind in Dakota Access pipeline fight Rockwell City, IA — Heather Pearson, a resident of Logan, Iowa and Continue reading →