What is the DAPL?
In brief, the Dakota Access Pipeline, or Bakken pipeline, is a southeast-traveling pipeline that will transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. It is being constructed by Dakota Access, LLC which is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, LP. It is about 87 percent completed, but has been delayed by protests and legal actions from and on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The pipeline runs along the edge of the tribe's land, and, should an emergency leak or spill happen, threatens the health of their water supply, natural resources, and wildlife habitats in the area.
Additionally, Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, donated over $100,000 to Trump's Presidential campaign. In 2016, Trump was found to have tens of thousands of dollars of Energy Transfer Partners stock. Rick Perry, current Energy Secretary, also received 2016 Presidential campaign donations from Kelcy Warren, amounting to about $6 million. Here lies yet another series of egregious conflicts of interest relating to President Trump.
On February 7, 2017, the Army granted easement of the pipeline, giving construction the green light to continue building across Lake Oahe in the contested area around tribal land.
Anti- DAPL? Let the government know!
The Army is taking comments on the Dakota Access Pipeline until about February 20th. These comments will inform an Environmental Impact Statements regarding the DAPL. This is your chance to speak out against this threatening, invasive project.
Send a letter or email to:
Mr. Gib Owen
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
108 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0108
*Use subject line NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing*
What should I say?
The Sierra Club has drafted an email for those standing with Standing Rock to submit to the comment line. If you choose to send a form email, make sure to add a few custom lines so it stands out in the crowd. Here at Couch Activism, we are sending a message like this:
Dear Mr. Owen,
Thank you for this vital opportunity to share my opinion on the Dakota Access Pipeline with you, and for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on the project.
I am vehemently opposed to the DAPL, and believe the environmental threats to the health of the water and land must be fully evaluated to ensure the Stand Rock Sioux tribe is not negatively impacted by this pipeline. Already, the threat to their water supply is too great. Water is a sacred resource, and it is time we start fighting to protect it.
Furthermore, the Army must evaluate the systems of emergency response for the pipeline. It is important to have the capacity to guard against environmental threats, should an incident occur. Please consider the point of view of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, for they are the ones ultimately affected by this project.