Millions of people across the globe are showing their support for an ever growing population of peaceful protesters in North Dakota. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is deeply concerned about the construction of a major crude-oil pipeline that passes through its ancestral lands.
On July 26, 2016 the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was stunned to learn that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had given its approval for the pipeline to run within a half-mile of the reservation without proper consultation or consent.
There are two targeted issues- First, the pipeline would pass under the Missouri River near Lake Oahe, just a half a mile upstream from the tribe’s reservation boundary. Second, the pipeline would pass through areas of great cultural significance, such as sacred sites and ancestral burial grounds that federal law seeks to protect.
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners will build, own and operate the proposed $3.78 billion Dakota Access Pipeline and plans to transport up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil fracked from the Bakken oil fields across four states to a market hub in Illinois. The pipeline—already facing widespread opposition by a coalition of farmers, ranchers and environmental groups—will cross 209 rivers, creeks and tributaries, according to Dakota Access, LLC.
This same Pipeline project was deemed unsafe and turned down by white residents in Minnesota and North Dakota- Even culminating in the halt on project advancement for another portion of the Bakken Pipeline, “The Sandpiper”
Dakota Access LLC is a small pipeline company based in North Dakota. The firm, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP), has big plans to connect the Bakken crude oil formation with the rest of the United States. The company’s Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,134-mile and 30-inch-diameter infrastructure project, will swing through the Bakken oil patch and traverse North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa and finish in Illinois:
Builders of the pipeline insist that they have taken extraordinary measures to safeguard against disaster, but opponents point out that even the safest pipelines can leak. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported more than 3,300 incidents of leaks and ruptures at oil and gas pipelines since 2010. And even the smallest spill could damage the tribe’s water supply.
North Dakota produced a record 1.23 million barrels of oil per day in December 2014, but that has been on the decline since low oil prices prompted companies to cut back on drilling and postpone well completions. The state produced just under 1.05 million barrels per day in May.
An investigation, published by research outlet LittleSis, names over two dozen major banks and financial institutions helping to finance the Dakota Access pipeline. It details how Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and other financial institutions have, combined, extended a $3.75 billion credit line to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access.
Even Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, (R.) disclosed that between half a million and a million dollars in investments in the primary builder of the Dakota Access pipeline, The Texas-based firm Energy Transfer partners. Trump also disclosed his upwards of 100,000 $ investment in Conoco-Philips 66 which would own a quarter of #DAPL once finished.
During the later part of 2016- Standing Rock protesters have faced serious violence and oppression, human rights violations and reservation treaty violations. Police and authorities from 6 states have gathered together with the United States National Guard to forcibly remove those who oppose the construction. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners warned that demonstrators occupying land in the pipeline’s path—land to which both the corporation and local tribes lay claim—must leave or face prosecution.
Tribal members and their supporters have chosen to remain fixed in place, vehemently protesting even while facing men in riot gear, armored vehicles, rubber bullets and ferocious, highly trained dogs- chanting, “No surrender, no retreat!
International attention has recently been given to the #NoDAPL protest, garnering attention from the united Nations and Amnesty International among other civil and human rights organizations.
Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff: “Mni Wiconi,” Water is Life
A running count of #NoDAPL petition signatures
Change.org “Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline” by Bobbi Jean Three Legs and the Oceti Sakowin Youth
Change.org “Stop The Dakota Access Pipeline” By Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean and the Oceti Sakowin Youth
We The People “Stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which endangers the water supply to Native American reservations.” By C.S.
Credo Action “Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline. #NoDAPL” by unknown
Earth Justice “ STOP THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE” by Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer
Care2 “Stand With Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: End Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline” by Kailey L.
Action Network.org “President Obama: Permanently Reject the Dakota Access Pipeline” by the other 98%
ActionSprout “SIGN PETITION to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline” by “Native American People FB Page”
1,520,516 signatures of concerned American citizens across Eight currently circulating petitions.
AS OF JANUARY 15, 2013: To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days. To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject please be professional.
2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction…
3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/
4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk – https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL
10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com
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