Tag Archives: #NoDAPL

A flood of hopes and fears

Many of us continue to feel the benefits of our time together last September during the First Nation – Farmer Climate Unity March. As Manape Lamere said, “We walk together today so we can work together in the future.” Something like that. If I botched the quote, Manape will correct me, right? So much is going on these days, it’s hard to know where to start. These are both the most encouraging and discouraging of times, as attested to in this message from Jeff Kisling: Continue reading →

Another win in the courts

Dear Friends, Whew! Just when I was starting to fret about how we pipeline fighters were going to come up with $900 million, a federal judge swoops in and saves the day. Two years ago, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) sued a whole bunch of pipeline opponents, seeking nearly a billion dollars in damages! On Valentine’s Day (for what that’s worth), District Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed the lawsuit. This is a big deal and sends the message that big corporations with seemingly bottomless pockets shouldn’t Continue reading →

ETP lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com LAWSUIT CITING BOLD IOWA DISMISSED BY FEDERAL JUDGE Allegations against us were absurd, claims Bold Iowa’s leader Des Moines, IA — Bold Iowa’s director, Ed Fallon, today praised US District Court Judge Roy Billy Wilson for his ruling on February 14, 2019, to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) on August 22, 2017, against a handful of organizations, including Bold Iowa, who continue to Continue reading →

Be a Climate Bird Dog!

WANTED: Climate patriots to bird-dog presidential candidates. We’re assembling a squad of supporters to persistently “bird-dog” presidential candidates about Bold Iowa’s agenda. Voters have a right to know if candidates will: — Support the Green New Deal and transition to a renewable-energy economy by 2030; — Oppose the expansion of oil pipelines, fracking, and other destructive fossil-fuel projects; — Stand with Indigenous communities to defend their sovereignty, land, and water; and — Stop the abuse of eminent domain for private fossil-fuel companies. SIGN UP TO Continue reading →

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 →

Pipeline opponents praise IUB decision on insurance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or ed@boldiowa.com Contact: Christine Nobiss at (319) 331-8034 or cnobiss@gmail.com Pipeline opponents praise IUB decision on insurance Ruling clarifies DAPL must have $25 million for possible oil spill in Iowa Des Moines, Iowa —  In a decision favoring petitions filed by the Northwest Iowa Landowners Association (NILA) and the Iowa Sierra Club, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) ruled yesterday that, “Dakota Access, LLC, shall file information describing how it Continue reading →

IUB ruling on DAPL liability (Oct 16, 2018)

STATE OF IOWA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE UTILITIES BOARD IN RE: DAKOTA ACCESS, LLC DOCKET NO. HLP-2014-0001 ORDER REGARDING INSURANCE POLICIES (Issued October 16, 2018) PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND On March 10, 2016, the Utilities Board (Board) issued its “Final Decision and Order” in this docket, granting a hazardous liquid pipeline permit to Dakota Access, LLC (Dakota Access), pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 479B. Among other conditions, the order required Dakota Access to maintain at least $25,000,000 in general liability insurance at all times while the pipeline is Continue reading →

Call to action to stop another pipeline across Iowa!

In a world where it seems that most news is bad news, I’m sorry to have to pile on. But it’s better to know the truth than to live in denial — and if the truth doesn’t always set you free, it at least let’s you know what you’re up against and gives you a fighting chance to push back. So, here’s the bad news: Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is planning to lay a second pipeline across Iowa! Last week, I received an anonymous call Continue reading →

ALERT: Second DAPL line in the works!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 11:00 a.m. CT Contact: Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 and ed@boldiowa.com or Christine Nobiss at (319) 331-8034 and cnobiss@gmail.com. Inside source indicates second oil pipeline planned for Iowa Credible source within oil industry says twinning of DAPL in the works Des Moines, Iowa —  Bold Iowa’s director, Ed Fallon, revealed today that, over the past week, he has had extensive contact with a highly credible source within the oil industry who informed him that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) intends to build a Continue reading →

United, We Are Strong

Dear Friends, I’ve been an activist for 33 years and continue to learn something new every day. Often, I learn from my mistakes, so I’m hardly above criticism. In fact, I value it. With that in mind, I need to clarify some things I wrote last week. I first encountered M.K. Gandhi’s writings when I was 21. I knew immediately that I’d found a mentor who would inspire me the rest of my life — despite aspects of Gandhi’s character that are troubling and deeply Continue reading →