Author Archives: Mark Hefflinger

30 Iowans Arrested in Boone County During Peaceful Demonstration Against Dakota Access Pipeline and Risks to Water

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, [email protected] Adam Mason, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, [email protected] Mark Hefflinger, Bold Alliance: 402-577-0315, [email protected] 30 Iowans Arrested in Boone County During Peaceful Demonstration Against Dakota Access Pipeline and Risks to Water First of series of direct actions planned by organizers of the “Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance” Boone County, Iowa — Thirty Iowans were arrested on Wednesday afternoon while participating among a crowd of 150 in a peaceful, nonviolent act of civil Continue reading →

Analysis of Bakken Oil Finds Benzene, Other Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds Would Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, [email protected] Analysis of Bakken Oil Finds Benzene, Other Carcinogenic Volatile Organic Compounds Would Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa will co-host a press conference at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Simon Estes Amphitheater, to present the findings of an analysis of samples of Bakken oil for benzene and other cancer-causing compounds that would potentially flow through the Dakota Access pipeline. WHAT: Press Conference to Present Bakken Oil Continue reading →

Bold Iowa Responds to Dakota Access Motion for Restraining Order Against Bold Iowa, Director Ed Fallon Aimed at Silencing Peaceful Pipeline Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 29, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, [email protected] Jane Kleeb, Bold Alliance: 402-705-3622, [email protected] Bold Iowa Responds to Dakota Access Motion for Restraining Order Against Bold Iowa, Director Ed Fallon Aimed at Silencing Peaceful Pipeline Protests Pipeline company seeks to preempt First Amendment speech, pipeline protests organized by Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Des Moines — Bold Iowa issues the following statement in response to the unprecedented action by pipeline company Dakota Access today to Continue reading →

Sign the Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance

The potential trigger for our Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance is if work begins in earnest on the Bakken Pipeline across Iowa, which became a reality on Monday, June 6 when the Iowa Utilities Board voted 2-1 to authorize construction. (1) Our first action under the Bakken Pipeline Pledge of Resistance is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31, with a peaceful nonviolent action training in Pilot Mound beginning at 9 a.m., and an action from approx. 1-4 p.m. at an undisclosed location.  You can pledge to Continue reading →

Protesters Greet Donald Trump at Joni Ernst Event with Calls for No Eminent Domain for Private Gain, No Bakken Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa: 515-238-6404, [email protected] Protesters to Greet Donald Trump at Joni Ernst Event on Saturday with Calls for No Eminent Domain for Private Gain, No Bakken Pipeline Des Moines — Bold Iowa and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future will hold a rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, to greet GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump with a message of “No eminent domain for private gain,” and a call to stop the Dakota Access “Bakken” Continue reading →

Bold Iowa, Iowa 350 Deliver Petition Urging Iowa Atty. General Tom Miller to Investigate Exxon’s Climate Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10:00 a.m. CT, May 24, 2016 Contact: Ed Fallon, Bold Iowa director, (515) 238-6404 or [email protected]   Petition signers to Miller: Investigate Exxon Des Moines, IA — On Wednesday, May 25, Bold Iowa and Iowa 350 will deliver petitions signed by over 1,000 Iowans to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, encouraging him to look into allegations that Exxon lied about climate change, thus violating the public trust. According to a report by InsideClimate News, Exxon worked “at the forefront of climate denial. It put its muscle behind Continue reading →

Tell Iowa Atty. General Tom Miller: Investigate Exxon’s Climate Fraud

Bold Iowa and Iowa 350.org delivered this petition on May 24, 2016.  Click here to view report: Bold Iowa, Iowa 350 Deliver Petition Urging Iowa Atty. General Tom Miller to Investigate Exxon’s Climate Fraud SIGN the PETITION: Tell Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller—Investigate Exxon’s climate fraud. Tell Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller: We urge you to immediately launch an investigation into Exxon’s climate fraud. You took the lead to protect public health by investigating Big Tobacco’s lies and holding them accountable for the terrible health impacts from Continue reading →

Stop the Bakken Pipeline & the Abuse of Eminent Domain

American landowners face serious risks with eminent domain for private gain, beyond the obvious loss of property rights. If a permitting agency like FERC or the State Department rejects a pipeline, exactly like what happened with Keystone XL, the pipeline company still owns the landowners’ property it took through eminent domain. Pipeline companies whose permit was rejected by FERC or the State Dept. can still turn around and sell the easements to any company they wish, and the landowner has no say in the land Continue reading →

Bold Iowa Greets Oceti Sakowin #NoDAPL Youth Relay Runners at Army Corps Offices in Omaha

Bold Iowa joined Bold Nebraska in Omaha on May 3, 2016 to greet the Oceti Sakowin Youth & Allies when they stopped at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ while on their 2,000-mile relay run from N.D. to D.C. to urge Pres. Obama and the Army Corps to reject permits and stop the Dakota Access pipeline. WATCH: Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon speaks to the crowd at the rally outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices in Omaha, NE.

#ExxonKnew: Hold Exxon Accountable for Climate Fraud

In March 2016, Bold Iowa launched a campaign and petition drive calling on Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to investigate whether Exxon lied to the public for decades about the dire warnings on climate change the company was receiving from its own in-house scientists. ACTIONS: Sign the petition to Iowa AG Tom Miller—Investigate Exxon’s climate fraud. Attend an #ExxonKnew House Party in Des Moines on Oct. 14 or Oct. 27  Interested in hosting a House Party? Email [email protected]   CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRESS RELEASE. In Continue reading →