Release: Bold Iowa asks Iowa Utilities Board to stop DAPL expansion

BOLD IOWA — building rural-urban coalitions to impact the climate crisis — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 15, 2021, 11:00 am CT Contact Ed Fallon at (515) 238-6404 or [email protected] — Bold Iowa asks Iowa Utilities Board to stop DAPL expansion New video shows strong statements by President and Vice President against DAPL expansion Des Moines, Iowa — Bold Iowa director, Ed Fallon, submitted a letter today to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) asking the Board to revisit its 2020 decision and stop expansion of Continue reading →

Letter to IUB, April 15, 2021

BOLD IOWA — building rural-urban coalitions to impact the climate crisis — April 15, 2021 To Iowa Utilities Board members Huser, Lozier, and Byrnes —  I write on behalf of Bold Iowa in response to the letter you received on April 2, 2021, from Dakota Access stating it “intends to begin construction of the Cambridge Pump Station on or about April 5, 2021.” This construction would allow Dakota Access to double the flow of oil through the pipeline from 570,000 to 1.2 million barrels per Continue reading →

Bold Iowa letter to Biden, Harris calling for DAPL to be shut down

April 15, 2021 Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris —  We write on behalf of Bold Iowa regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). As of last week, Dakota Access has begun work on its pumping station near Cambridge, Iowa, with the intent of doubling the flow of oil. We ask you to immediately shut down DAPL before the expansion proceeds any further. We ask this for two reasons. First, in response to repeated questioning from Bold Iowa activists in 2019, you both spoke clearly Continue reading →

Texas landowner forced to pay for oil pipeline removal

Dear Friends, Here’s a not-so-hypothetical question for you: Who’s responsible for removing an abandoned oil or gas pipeline? (A) Pipeline company (B) Government (C) Landowner Sorry, if you guessed (A) or even (B), you think you’re living in a world that makes sense. As wrong as it seems, the answer is (C). A few years back, a Texas landowner called a pipeline salvage company and was told it would cost about $1,000 to remove 300 feet of an abandoned oil pipeline. The landowner then discovered Continue reading →

Ed Fallon’s letter to Attorney General Tom Miller about DAPL

January 27, 2021 Dear Attorney General Miller, Respectfully, I must register my profound disappointment in your support for the Dakota Access Pipeline. It makes no sense to me — and many others I talk with — why you would sign on to an amicus brief defending a Texas corporation that trampled on private property rights to tear up 350 miles of Iowa farmland in order to build an oil pipeline that now exacerbates our worsening climate emergency and threatens our water. I’ve read both the amicus brief and Continue reading →

Amicus Brief against Standing Rock Sioux lawsuit, signed by Iowa AG Tom Miller

USCA Case #20-5197 Document #1851524 Filed: 07/14/2020 Page 1 of 17 ORAL ARGUMENT NOT YET SCHEDULED  IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS  FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT  STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, et al.,  Plaintiffs-Appellees  and  CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE; STEVE VANCE,  Intervenors for Plaintiff-Appellees,  No. 20-5197  U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, et al.,  Defendant-Appellee,  and  DAKOTA ACCESS LLC,  Intervenor for Defendant-Appellant.  __________________________________  ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA  ____________________________________  AMICUS BRIEF FOR THE STATES OF INDIANA, Continue reading →

Appeals Court ruling on Standing Rock lawsuit, January 26, 2021

[Below is the text of the ruling. For a more correctly paginated copy, visit this link:] USCA Case #20-5197 Document #1881818 Filed: 01/26/2021 Page 1 of 36 United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT Argued November 4, 2020 Decided January 26, 2021 No. 20-5197 STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, ET AL., APPELLEES v. UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, APPELLANT DAKOTA ACCESS LLC, INTERVENOR Consolidated with 20-5201 Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (No. 1:16-cv-01534) Continue reading →

Tom Miller lone Democratic AG to stand with Big Oil on DAPL suit

“We could not be more disappointed in Attorney General Tom Miller,” said Bold Iowa director, Ed Fallon. “In siding with Big Oil against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Miller also stood against the many Iowa farmers and landowners forced to fight DAPL as their land was stolen through eminent domain. Miller also stood against the many Iowans working to address the climate crisis. If the pipeline leaks or breaks, we’ll remember that Miller stood against protecting Iowa’s water, too.”

Letter to IUB Chair, Geri Huser

The escalation of climate change, coupled with the decision this week by Judge Boasberg to shut down DAPL, opens the door to a new conversation about Iowa’s role in addressing the climate crisis. Geri, you are in a unique position of leadership and influence. It is no exaggeration to say that, at this moment, more than any other Iowan, you could have an immensely profound impact on the climate crisis.

DAPL roller coaster

Hello Bold Iowans, We have an important question for you (scroll down.) But first, there are two big pieces of news to share — one good, one bad. Earlier this week, there was much excitement over a federal judge’s decision to grant the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request to strike down the Dakota Access Pipeline’s (DAPL) federal permits. The judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must complete a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Hopefully, the judge’s next action will be to shut down the Continue reading →