Tag Archives: DAPL

Response to DAPL Shutdown

"This ruling is a huge victory for the coalition of Indigenous communities, landowners, farmers, and environmentalists who have fought this pipeline for six yearsr. One of our primary goals now is to make sure that the Corps’ review is comprehensive and that it examines DAPL’s impact on water, land, property rights, Indigenous sovereignty, and most urgently on the worsening climate crisis.”

Illinois needs our help

Dear Friends, Earlier this month, Bold Iowa convened a meeting of our supporters and a handful of Illinois allies who’ve worked tirelessly to stop the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). State officials in North Dakota, South Dakota, and most recently Iowa have caved in and given DAPL permission to double the flow of oil. But the Illinois Commerce Commission continues to deliberate. They are the one remaining firewall preventing DAPL from expanding. What can non-Illinois residents do? Every person receiving this message likely Continue reading →

Amy Klobuchar’s Uneasy Middle Ground on Climate Change

The volunteers, some dressed up as penguins to memorialize the loss of the world’s second-largest emperor penguin colony last April on Antarctica, were especially concerned with whether candidates supported the Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses 18 Iowa counties carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The proposal by the Texas-based company Energy Transfer to double its capacity is “hands down the biggest climate story here in Iowa,” Fallon says.

Climate Strike, Steak Fry, DAPL

Over 11,000 people and eighteen presidential candidates are expected to attend Saturday's Polk County Steak Fry. We plan to bird-dog every politician there on one or more aspects of the climate crisis, and to make a strong showing for climate action before local, national, and international media, too. If you're coming and would like to help, let us know ASAP.

DAPL lion underestimates Iowa Lambs

For those who feel Big Oil always gets its way, think again. In a battle of Lamb vs. Lion (read on and you’ll see what I mean), the little guy and gal just accomplished something impressive. When the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was still under discussion, most Iowa landowners I met as I walked the pipeline route were against it. In the end, many signed voluntary easements — not because they wanted to but because they felt they had no choice. Dick and Judy Lamb, Continue reading →

Industry’s New Colonial Outpost: Rural Iowa

Ed Fallon’s Weekly Blog: Two things before I explain why Iowa is becoming a colonial outpost: First, I’m sad to say that the pro-DAPL bill (SF 2235) passed this week despite hundreds of Iowans contacting their lawmakers. Visit the Fallon Forum and Bold Iowa websites for news coverage and to learn how your senator and representative voted. The silver lining is that Bold Iowa’s coalition of environmentalists, landowners, farmers and Native allies worked with labor unions on a common cause. Let’s build on that! Second, Continue reading →

Dakota Access Pipeline protester found guilty: Court takes judicial notice of DNR position on climate change

Link to original article: http://www.messengernews.net/news/local-news/2017/07/dakota-access-pipeline-protester-found-guilty/ Coverage by The Fort Dodge Messenger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, July 7, 2017 A pipeline protester has been found guilty of trespassing after a jury trial in Calhoun County Thursday. Heather Pearson, of Logan, was one of the protesters who entered land being worked on by Dakota Access LLC on Oct. 29, 2016, as the company was building an oil pipeline across four states, including Iowa. Although she admitted being on the land, Pearson and her defense attorneys claimed she was Continue reading →

Dakota Access Pipeline reprimanded by Iowa regulators for lack of liability insurance

Link to original article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/12/dakota-access-pipeline-failed-to-provide-iowa-regulators-proof-25-million-liability-insurance/388651001/ Coverage by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, June 12, 2017 The Iowa Utilities Board has reprimanded the Dakota Access Pipeline for failing to comply with a state order to show that at least $25 million in general liability insurance is in place to protect the public from possible oil leaks and spills. A Dakota Access spokeswoman said over the weekend  the company has the required insurance in hand. But a pipeline opponent complained Monday that intervention by Iowa regulators should not have been needed Continue reading →

Military-style tactics used against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

Link to original article: www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/28/report-military-style-tactics-used-against-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters/351734001/ Coverage by The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, May 27, 2017 An international security firm targeted protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counter-terrorism measures and closely collaborated with law enforcement authorities in five states, including Iowa, according to a report published Saturday by a non-profit watchdog journalism organization. The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media, reported that TigerSwan, founded by retired members of the U.S. military’s Delta Force unit, was employed by Energy Transfer Partners, the parent Continue reading →