Hello to you in your dimensions, it’s Friday and a sort of magical time lol it’s 9/9/2016 at 9:02 am as I start to write to you! I’m waking up. I woke up at about 1:04 this morning and had trouble going back to sleep. I was thinking about what the ruling was going to be about the North Dakota Pipeline and just praying….my inner voice telling me…”I want you to just focus on breathing in and out.”
Kyle told me about his dream last night of being in a parking lot and seeing two cats that looked like our cats Amber and May. He picked both one of them up and one of them was convulsing and foaming white stuff at the mouth. He put the convulsing cat in a pool of water and after he took it out, the cat just shook itself off and looked at him like he was the one with a problem lol. Well I also had a dream about my cat Amber where she was stretching her body and convulsing in a way that freaked me out! Very symbolic….kind of an analogy about the choice the judge who was put in the position of deciding about the pipeline construction.
I am pleased the judge met us “half-way” on basically a technicality. I am sorely disappointed the judge is allowing any of this pipeline to be built because it will continue to allow even more desecration of sacred burial and holy sites of the first people. To me this is like a bunch of bulldozers being allowed to go into a city cemetery and completely level it without the families being able to do anything about it other than watch and cry. This sickens me. I felt this same way when they decided to tear up the field down the street from our house to build more houses…many of us in the neighborhood thought of this field as sacred. So many of my friends uprooted, mulched and hauled away like trash for houses being built in a flood plain.
The only way “through” to the fossil fuel tycoons is the “Money God”. This whole thing is showing Americans what is really going on if they just pay attention. What we are seeing is the power struggle between citizens and corporations who have an imbalanced influence over every level of government in our country. It doesn’t have to be like this but it keeps becoming “this.” Push, pull, push, pull….it’s nonsense and a waste of precious time and resources. We don’t have all the time in the world anymore.
What can you do?! Find any way you can to use less if not completely eliminate your use of anything that requires fossil fuel. This isn’t easy. Sadly much of America is founded on things that use and are made from fossil fuels. Every “little way” will help. The greatest power you have is the pieces of the “Money God” you earn and how you choose to spend those pieces. You are not powerless! Even though it can feel like it most days!
My mantras lately: I will not focus on what they are doing, I will focus on what I am doing. It’s what I do that matters. No one has the right to tell me what to think, what to feel and certainly how to act. Those who insist on using the weapons of fear, violence and intimidation to buy my cooperation are not honorable and I feel sorrow for them. I will pray for them, try to find forgiveness for what they seek to do, but they will not garner my respect. I am not powerless, I am powerful.
Here is some information behind the Corporations perpetrating construction of this pipeline:
Energy Transfer Partners
Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of the Dallas, Texas corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
Bakken pipeline preliminary route
|From||Stanley, North Dakota|
|Passes through||South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois|
|Owner||Energy Transfer Partners, L.P (ETP)|
|Operator||Dakota Access, LLC (an ETP subsidiary)|
|Length||1,134 mi (1,825 km)|
|Diameter||30 in (762 mm)|
The Bakken Pipeline is a planned 1,134-mile-long underground oil pipeline project for crude oil in the United States. The project is being planned by Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of the Dallas, Texas corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. It is intended to begin in the Bakken oil fields in Northwest North Dakota and travel through the states of South Dakota and Iowa before ending in Patoka, Illinois. The project became public in July 2014, and informational hearings for landowners in the four states took place between August 2014 and January 2015. Dakota Access submitted its plan to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) on October 29, 2014, and applied for a permit in January 2015. The IUB granted the permit, including the use of eminent domain, in March 2016 after some public controversy. IUB was the last of the four state regulators to grant the project a permit.
Dakota Access has calculated that the pipeline will cost $3.7 billion, including $189 million to pay landowners. As of March 2016[update], it had secured voluntary easements on 82 percent of Iowa land. The pipeline was also subject to significant controversy over its necessity, potential harm to the environment, and impact on climate change. A number of Native Americans in Iowa and the Dakotas also opposed the pipeline, including the Meskwaki and several Sioux tribal nations. In August 2016, ReZpect our Water, a group organized on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, brought a petition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C., the tribe sued for an injunction, and a protest began at the pipeline site in North Dakota that drew national attention.
The pipeline would run from the Northwestern North Dakota Bakken formation and Three Forks hydrofracturing sites starting in Stanley, North Dakota in a Southeastward direction to end in Patoka, Illinois. From there it could connect with a pipeline to the Gulf Coast for storage or for refinement and export, or reach East coast markets by rail. Energy Transfer owns a natural gas pipeline from Patoka south to storage terminals it owns through Sunoco Logistics Partners and terminals by Houston-based Phillips 66 in Nederland, Texas, which is retrofitted to crude oil.
Dakota Access, LLC plans a permanent 50 foot easement and an up to 150 foot construction right of way for the pipeline. It has said the 30-inch diameter pipeline would be at least 48 inches underground from the top of the pipe or 2 feet below any drain tiles. As of 2014[update], it projected that the pipe will carry in excess of 450,000 barrels per day of hydrofracked crude oil “based on contractual commitments to date”. The company estimates the pipeline to cost $3.7 billion and to create 40 permanent jobs, besides 8,200-12,000 temporary jobs. As of December 2014[update] informational meetings for landowners had been held in all counties of Iowa to explain right of way issues. The company was working on applications for a “hazardous liquid pipeline permit” with the four respective state agencies regulating utilities. unlike town meetings no record of the statements or objections is taken. To petition for the pipeline permit Dakota Access LLC must wait until at least 30 days after the informational meetings.
Dakota Access spokespersons have argued the pipeline is needed to improve the overall safety to the public, helps the US to attain energy independence and is a more reliable transport to refineries, allowing rail constraints to ease
In January 2014, after rail derailments, the US Department of Transportation’s PHMSA had issued a safety alert, that Bakken crude should be handled carefully, because it may be more flammable than other grades.
Dakota Access, LLC is a fully owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP), a Master limited partnership based in Dallas, Texas. Morningstar described ETP as a “steady source of income over the long haul”, because of the Master limited partnership mandate for big dividends, avoiding the “double taxation” of dividends.
In June 2014 Energy Transfer’s board of directors approved of the Bakken pipeline. In October 2014 Houston-based Phillips 66 became a joint venture partner owning a 25 percent stake. Phillips co-owns the ‘Energy Transfer’ crude oil pipeline from Patoka to storage terminals in Nederland, Texas. It co-owns the storage terminals with Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics Partners.Sunoco is a fully owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners since 2012.
North Dakota portion
The project would consist of 143 miles (230 km) of oil gathering pipelines and 200 miles (320 km) of larger transmission pipeline. It would start with a terminal in the Stanley area, and run west with 5 more terminals in Ramberg Station, Epping, Trenton, Watford City and Johnsons Corner before becoming a transmission line going through Williston, the Watford City area, south of Bismarck crossing the Missouri River again north of Cannon Ball. Dakota Access held open house meetings to inform North Dakota landowners in October 2014. Dakota Access intended to apply with the North Dakota Public Service Commission which as of December 3, 2014[update], had no such case on file. In January 2016, Dakota Access filed 23 condemnation suits in North Dakota “against 140 individuals, banks and a coal mine”. As of February 2016, all state regulators but Iowa had approved the pipeline. As of March 2016, Dakota Access had secured voluntary easements on 97 percent of North Dakota land, the highest proportion of the 4 affected states.
South Dakota portion
The pipeline would route through Campbell, McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk and Spink counties. The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission first learned about the project from landowners three to four weeks before being contacted by company officials in August, which the PUC chairman called “unusual”. Dakota LLC held informational meetings for landowners in October 2014 and as of February 2016 it had approved the pipeline. As of February 2016 all state regulators but Iowa had approved the pipeline. As of March 2016 Dakota Access had secured voluntary easements on 93 percent of South Dakota land.
As of December 2014[update] Bakken shale oil is transported through nine Iowa counties only via three freight trains per week. The pipeline would pass about 343-miles diagonally through the following 18 Iowa counties of the state Lyon, Sioux, O’Brien, Cherokee, Buena VistaSac, Calhoun, Webster, Boone, Story (which will have a pumping station), Polk, Jasper, MahaskaKeokuk, Wapello, Jefferson, Van Buren, and Lee.
Energy Transfer has said it expects the project to create between 12 and 15 permanent jobs and 2,000 and 4,000 temporary jobs. The $1.35 billion capital investment would generate $33 million in Iowa sales tax during construction and $30 million in property tax in 2017. Energy Transfer requested the analysis, which was prepared by “Strategic Economics Group” in West Des Moines, per the Des Moines Register. The Group proclaims “Our research is data-driven, client-specific” on its website. Dave Swenson, an Iowa State University research scientist in the department of economics, has said “the analysis overstates pipeline jobs and economic effects”.
Besides the Iowa Utilities Board, the pipeline will need to be approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to obtain local-impact permits for air quality, water discharge, stormwater, flood plain and sovereign lands, as the pipeline runs through state parks or public lakes. The Army Corps of Engineers will need to issue a permit, because the pipeline routes through watersheds, and the Corps is not expected to block the project.
On July 29, 2014, according to Dakota Access, it had met with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) for a first meeting. Dakota Access then wrote landowners in the path of the pipeline, requesting visits to survey or taking soil samples in preparation for voluntary easement or face condemnation of land under eminent domain. The Iowa attorney general’s chief deputy said that if the IUB approves, Dakota Access will have the right to use eminent domain to gain access through a government agency.
On October 29, 2014 Dakota Access LLC submitted the project to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB).
Since December 1, 2014, informational meetings in each of the affected counties have been taking place, where an official from the IUB, one from PMHSA and one from Dakota Access have presented information. Three-hundred-and-fifty people showed up for the informational meeting in Fort Madison, Iowa. More than 300 people attended Sioux Center‘s information meeting. About 200 people attended in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Opposition to the pipeline was voiced and many questions had no answers at the meeting in Storm Lake, Iowa.
In January 2015, Dakota Access filed its pipeline application with the IUB. and in February 2015, it was planning to file applications with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for sovereign land and floodplain permits.
In April 2015, Iowa Senate Study Bill 1276 and House Study Bill 249 advanced with both Senator Robert Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids and State Representative Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton in support; it required Energy Transfer’s subsidiary Dakota Access “to obtain voluntary easements from 75 percent of property owners along the route before eminent domain could be authorized.”
In May 2015, a private landowner along the path of the pipeline accused a contractor trying to negotiate land rights for the pipeline by offering the services of a teenage prostitute in return for the landowner’s cooperation.
On November 12, 2015, the Iowa Utility Board heard public testimony with more than 275 people signed up opposing the pipeline. There were 10 days scheduled for hearings by Dakota Access. 
In February 2016, the IUB had not made a decision after 4 days of hearings .Nick Wagner (politician), who is one of the 3 members of the Iowa Utilities Board and a former Republican state legislator, was asked to recuse himself for a conflict of interest, but refused to do so.
On March 10, 2016, the Iowa Utility Board approved the Bakken Pipeline, on a vote of 3-0. under the following conditions: “liability insurance of at least $25 million; guarantees that the parent companies of Dakota Access will pay for damages created by a pipeline leak or spill; a revised agricultural impact mitigation plan; a timeline for construction notices; modified condemnation easement forms; and a statement accepting the terms and condition’s of the board’s order.” One day later Dakota Access stated it had secured voluntary easements on 82 percent of the 1,295 affected Iowa land parcels.
In March 2016, Dakota Access filed motions with the IUB requesting expedited and confidential treatment to begin construction immediately, saying it met the conditions and that its liability insurance policies were trade secrets under Iowa law and “would serve no public purpose”.
In May 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service revoked the approval of an Iowa DNR sovereign lands construction permit in 3 counties, where the pipeline would cross the Big Sioux River and the Big Sioux Wildlife Management Area; these are historic and cultural sites of the Upper Sioux tribe. Iowa farmers filed lawsuits against the state using eminent domain.
In June 2016, the IUB voted 2 – 1 (Libby Jacobs and Nick Wagner in favor and Chairwoman Geri Huser against) to allow construction on non-sovereign lands to continue. The Sierra Club called this illegal before the Corps of Engineers had authorized it.
Ties to Governor Branstad
A former Branstad re-election campaign staffer, Susan Fenton, who is now the director of government affairs with Des Moines public relations firm LS2, is handling public relations for Energy Transfer and met with IUB officials in July 2014.
In September 2014, Des Moines lobbyist and Republican Party campaign consultant Craig Schoenfeld joined an Energy Transfer representative at a meeting with Story County, Iowa Supervisor Paul Toot and County Engineer Darren Moon.
Open House meetings for landowners took place in October 2014. A webinar for Brown and Hancock County, Illinois took place in February 2015. Per filings before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), Dakota Access still has no definite route. It made easements with only nine of 908 Illinois landowners, and it requested ICC grant it eminent domain, according to the Illinois Farm Bureau attorney. As of 12 March 2014[update], no documents had been filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission. and as of February 2016, it had approved the pipeline. As of February 2016, all state regulators but Iowa had approved the pipeline. As of March 2016, Dakota Access said it had secured voluntary easements on 92 percent of Illinois land.
Farmers are concerned about the disturbance of the land, tiling, soil erosion and soil quality. Iowa fields contain a lot of drain tiles, which can be damaged. Farmers are also concerned about leaks in the pipeline caused by destabilization, creating an environmental disaster.
Landowners across the state are also deeply concerned about the implications of allowing the state to condemn privately owned land, particularly agricultural land, on behalf of a company that has not demonstrated any substantial public benefit to the residents of Iowa.
According to a Des Moines Register poll, seventy-four percent of Iowans are opposed to the use of eminent domain condemnation on behalf of a private corporation.
Conservation groups worry about safety, and the impacts on air, water, wildlife and farming, because “pipelines break”. The Iowa Environmental Council has stated it is “concerned whether the state has enough protections — from state government oversight to ensuring the company has enough money in reserve to address any harm caused by a spill”. Iowa state laws require pipeline owners to have only a $250,000 reserve fund. The Iowa chapter of the Sierra Club is “worried about the rights of landowners […] concerned about [their] Dakota Access LLCs economic projections and whether there are really any benefits to Iowa.”Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) has called the pipeline “all risk and no reward” and the $250,000 surety bond “fiscally irresponsible”. It has suggested raising it to at least $1 billion, indexed to inflation, would only match Alaska’s precautions of protection. A $1 billion surety bond is sensible in terms of the cost of cleaning up the Mayflower Spill of the Pegasus pipeline in 2013 as well, costs for the cleanup of which have reached $60 million for a spill of between 130,000 and 200,000 gallons of crude. The Bakken pipeline is projected to be capable of carrying 1 million gallons of crude an hour; any leak that is not stopped within the hour could quickly result in hundreds of millions of dollars in property and irrevocable environmental damage.
The Science & Environmental Health Network rejects the pipeline on the following grounds: “The commonwealth is the basis of the Iowa economy.[…] Approving the pipeline would be a violation of Iowa’s fiduciary and public trust responsibilities to the people of Iowa, because it harms the commons.[…] It is the citizen’s obligation to withdraw its consent from government actions that threaten the commonwealth and future generations.[…] Eminent domain is the unique power of government to move private property into the commons where it serves as a public good. It should not be used to privilege a private corporation that will destroy the commons.[…] When the pipeline leaks, Iowa will be left with the costs of cleanup. This is a violation of the Iowa St. Constitution which says: Credit not to be loaned. SECTION 1. The credit of the state shall not, in any manner, be given or loaned to, or in aid of, any individual, association, or corporation; and the state shall never assume, or become responsible for, the debts or liabilities of any individual, association, or corporation, unless incurred in time of war for the benefit of the state.”
Others have stated their concern for global climate change and “to stop the addiction on fossil fuels because our biosphere cannot take it anymore.” Unclear has remained, what specifically happens when the pipeline inevitably leaks, how residents would know of a leak, why the company asks for a permanent easement of farmland when oil rights can only be obtained for 25 years at a time, who the majority shareholders of Dakota Access are and where Energy Transfer’s guarantee of liability for newly established Dakota Access, LLC is, if it is only required to have a $250,000 bond in case of damages.
The Meskwaki tribe opposes the Bakken pipeline through Iowa for numerous reasons; tribal chairwoman Judith Bender “…said in her letter to the Iowa Utilities Board that she is concerned that the Bakken pipeline could be used as a replacement if the Keystone XL pipeline is not built.”
A group of young activists from Standing Rock Indian Reservation ran from North Dakota to Washington, D.C., to present a petition in protest of the construction of Energy Transfer Partners‘ Dakota Access Pipeline, and have launched an international campaign called ReZpect our Water. The pipeline, the activists argue, would jeopardize the water source of the reservation, the Missouri River. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed an injunction against the US Army Corps of Engineers to stop building the pipeline. In April 2016, three federal agencies – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Interior, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation– requested full Environmental Impact Statement of the pipeline.
Summer 2016 Standing Rock protests
Peaceful protests at the pipeline site in North Dakota began in the summer of 2016 and drew indigenous people from throughout North America as well as other supporters. A number of planned arrests occurred when people locked themselves to heavy machinery. On September 3, 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline brought in a private security firm when the company used bulldozers to dig up part of the pipeline route, which is on property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is not within the reservation, that subject to a pending injunction motion; it contained possible Native graves and burial artifacts. The bulldozers arrived within a day from when the tribe filed legal action. When unarmed protesters moved in to stop the bulldozers, the guards used pepper spray and guard dogs to attack. At least six protesters were treated for dog bites and an estimated 30 protesters were pepper sprayed before the security guards and their dogs exited the scene in trucks. The pipeline construction company claims they hired the security company because the protests have not been peaceful. The Morton County Sheriff described the September 3, 2016, protest by saying protesters crossed onto private property and attacked security guards with “wooden posts and flag poles.” Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier also said, “Any suggestion that today’s event was a peaceful protest, is false.”
http://www.opednews.com/articles/I-Join-With-the-Standing-R-by-Bernie-Sanders-Dakota_Dakota-Access-Pipeline_Pipeline-Delay-160906-813.html – I’m happy Bernie is showing his support and I was also happy Jill Stein went to the site until she participated in spray painting construction vehicles! I don’t know why she thought that was a good idea. Provocation of any kind is unwise…far too many nervous trigger fingers around to be doing stuff like that! I am pretty sure Bernie will refrain from a doing this while he’s there.
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I Join With the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement in support of grassroots and legal efforts to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois:
“The major global crisis facing our planet today is climate change. The vast majority of scientists tell us that climate change is real, it is caused by humans and it is already causing devastating problems. They say that if we do not aggressively transition our energy system away from fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planet we leave our children will be a much less habitable place.
“Like the Keystone XL pipeline, which I opposed since day one, the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline, will transport some of the dirtiest fuel on the planet. Regardless of the court’s decision, the Dakota Access pipeline must be stopped. As a nation, our job is to break our addiction to fossil fuels, not increase our dependence on oil. I join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the many tribal nations fighting this dangerous pipeline.”
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Another way you can speak up: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL_2/ –
Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline. #NoDAPL
Sign the petition
The petition to President Obama reads:
“The Dakota Access pipeline would fuel climate change, cause untold damage to the environment, and significantly disturb sacred lands and the way of life for Native Americans in the upper Midwest. Direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits under ‘Nationwide Permit 12’ and stop the Dakota Access pipeline once and for all.”
You’ll receive periodic updates on offers and activism opportunities.
It’s Keystone XL all over again: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted approval for a dirty oil pipeline that would stretch over 1,100 miles through the upper Midwest.
The Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of dirty oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois and cut through fragile wildlife habitat, environmentally sensitive areas, and sovereign tribal property. Worse, the pipeline would cross under the Missouri River, threatening drinking water downstream if a catastrophic oil spill occurs.1
Led by the Standing Rock Sioux, a massive wave of inspiring grassroots opposition is building, with protests and civil disobedience temporarily halting construction in recent days. But construction is moving forward, and is scheduled to be completed soon. President Obama must intervene now and stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Army Corps of Engineers granted the Dakota Access pipeline’s permits using a controversial fast-tracking process called “Nationwide Permit 12” that allows the Corps to essentially rubber-stamp pipeline projects on private property or Native American lands with little environmental review and no meaningful public input.
The Corps incorrectly applied this fast-track process in conflict with numerous federal laws and agreements, including the “Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as federal trust responsibilities guaranteed in the 1851 and 1868 United States treaties with the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota tribes.”2
Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Standing Rock Sioux have been protesting for months in peaceful prayer camps in North Dakota, and farmers and landowners in Iowa have been fighting to stop the pipeline there for more than two years. Now, thousands of people have joined in solidarity. In recent days, activists in Iowa and North Dakota have been arrested for physically blocking the pipeline’s construction, with more protests planned in the coming weeks and months.3,4
We must stand with the local leaders and communities who are holding the line against this dirty and dangerous oil pipeline.
This fight is winnable. Hundreds of thousands of CREDO activists, along with our allies across the country, applied massive public pressure on the Obama administration and stopped the Keystone XL pipeline. We can and must do it again.
Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access pipeline.
Thanks for all you do.
- Jack Healy, “Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline,” The New York Times, August 23, 2016.
- Letter to President Obama regarding the Dakota Access pipeline, August 25, 2016.
- “Protesters arrested at Dakota Access Pipeline site,” Valley News Live, August 31, 2016.
- William Petroski, “30 arrested in bid to disrupt Iowa pipeline project,” The Des Moines Register, September 1, 2016.