U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.
Stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline
When the Standing Rock Youth first started their campaign to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, no one had even heard of it – yet they went on to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to take action to stop a project that threatened their community. Today, I want to tell you about another equally dangerous pipeline that is threatening our water and animal life in Florida and neighboring states. Please sign my petition to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the Sabal Trail Transmission Pipeline. I recently finished up a campaign to run for Congress in Florida, during which I spent many months talking to voters in the state. Since then we launched Progress For All, a community action group committed to protecting our environment. You know what has stuck with me most from these collective efforts? The hundreds of conversations I’ve had with Floridians about their commitment to protecting our beautiful state from projects that prioritize profits over our safety and planet. Projects like the Sabal Trail Pipeline. This pipeline will span more than 500 miles across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. It will run right by the Crystal River, a crucial sanctuary for endangered manatees, and the Suwannee River, also home to several endangered species. Not only that, but the pipeline’s construction could also damage the fragile limestone which surrounds the Floridan Aquifer, one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. Help us stop this project before it hurts Florida’s natural resources. A few months ago, Governor Rick Scott’s administration changed our state’s water quality standards, opening the door for fracking and possibly more pipeline construction in Florida – all of which pose an even greater threat to our aquifer. But I know for a fact that Floridians are ready for a move away from these destructive industries. More and more cities and counties across Florida have passed resolutions to ban fracking. Voters recently passed a statewide referendum for solar energy and voted to protect state support for solar energy power. I’m worried that some of Florida’s most precious natural treasures won’t be around in twenty years – all because politicians are defying the will of the people and pushing for fracking and more pipelines. This is unacceptable. Please sign our petition and take action against this dangerous pipeline.
Stop the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline
In light of the recent events dealing with the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, there is another pipeline, here in our own backyard, that poses a large threat to our health, safety, and well-being in the Natural State. The Plains All American Diamond Pipeline, funded by Valero Energy, is a $900 million project that will construct a 20 inch crude bearing oil pipeline through 440 miles of inhabited land in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The pipeline itself will make its way through five different water systems, including the Arkansas River and Mississippi River. We, as human beings, only have access to a limited supply of freshwater sources for our drinking water, and the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline is threatening our way of life. The Plains All American Pipeline L.P. is a natural gas and petroleum distributor located out of Houston, Texas. They have over 18,000+ miles of crude oil pipeline running throughout the United States; with these pipelines comes oil pipeline spills, and Plains All American Pipeline is notorious for making global media for their lack of meeting standards and dumping gallons of oils into beautiful, and sometimes untouched, ecosystems. The company was cited and prosecuted over 10 oil spills from the years of 2004 to 2007 in states including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas. They racked up over $3.25 million in penalties from the spills. In 2010, the EPA ordered the company to revisit their pipelines and restructure, as they have not been meeting safety codes for many years. Obviously, safety and the request for more did not mean much because in both 2011 and 2012, Canadian crude oil companies monitored and owned by the Plains All American Pipeline suffered from large oil pipeline spills that together dumped over 40,000 barrels into rivers and Alberta Boreal forest areas. As many may or may not remember, in 2013, Arkansans suffered a great deal of displacement and strife over an Exxon Mobil oil pipeline spill that left many families without homes for some time, and caused mass evacuation. Backyards, playgrounds, and streets were turned into rivers of flowing oil; not a sight to see for those within the "Natural State". If we allow the Arkansas Public Service Commission, the Arkansas Government, and the Plains All American Diamond Pipeline the chance and opportunity to desecrate and destroy the natural beauty of the Ozark landscape, we will have done Arkansas a great disservice. We, as Arkansas (and Oklahoma) citizens, need to request that Governor Asa Hutchinson review and ponder on the implications of a pipeline that has a shaky track record of safety violations and large oil spills! Tell our Arkansas government officials to say "NO" to crude oil! It is time to lead the United States in alternative energy sources such as solar and wind energy!
Protect the only nearshore coral reef in the continental United States
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a major dredging project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to deepen the Port Everglades channel to make way for ever-larger ships due to the expanded Panama Canal. However, the Corps’ initial plan didn’t include necessary protections to save nearby corals. Earthjustice filed litigation, and as a result, the Corps has agreed to conduct new environmental studies and complete new reviews and analysis before starting the dredging project. But, we need your help to ensure the Corps keeps its promises. The Corps is now accepting public comments for the proposed Port Everglades dredging project as part of this revised environmental study. Sign today and urge the Corps to protect Florida’s coral reefs. A similar Army Corps dredging operation at Port Miami proved disastrous for the delicate corals there. Dredging stirred up fine-grained sediment, which smothered tens of thousands of coral colonies and more than 250 acres of reef designated as critical habitat for threatened staghorn corals. The National Marine Fisheries Service later surveyed the wrecked reef and concluded that 95 percent of the reef it assessed is no longer suitable habitat for corals. The service reported that some of the damaged reef may never recover naturally. We cannot let this happen again. The Army Corps must learn from its mistakes and ensure that corals will be protected before further taxpayer dollars are spent on this potentially devastating project. Sign the petition today!
No Dakota Access Pipeline
When I was 8 years-old, an enormous oil deposit was discovered just a few hours from my community and our lives changed forever. What was once a quiet Native American town in North Dakota became filled with hundreds of men who’d come to work in the oil fields and brought with them loud trucks, drug use, and sex trafficking. The oil industry hasn’t let up since – they just keep growing. Now they are trying to build a pipeline under Lake Sakakawea that could pollute our drinking water and poison the animals who live around the lake. The young people of New Town have had enough. We call ourselves the Modern Day Warriors, committed to defending Mother Earth. Please sign our petition to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Before the oil industry came into our lives, I used to feel comfortable running across the bridge on the lake or walking around town at night. Nowadays it’s not safe. Native American women already experience violence at 2.5 times the rate of other women, but near North Dakota’s oil fields that number is even higher. We feel unsafe in our own home town. A new pipeline would not only bring more workers and allow the violence and drug use to get worse, it would threaten our water and soil. Oil pipelines leak all the time – in 2014, 1 million gallons of oil byproducts were spilled just upstream from Lake Sakakawea, where we get our drinking water. It’s not a matter of if the Dakota Access Pipeline will leak, it’s when and how much. We can’t take this risk: sign your name to ask the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the building permit for another dangerous pipeline. If enough of us raise our voice, they’ll have to listen. I know because we already led a 10 mile march to speak in front of our tribal council, where we convinced them to oppose seven other pipelines. The Army Corps is a much bigger target, but I know that eventually they will have to hear us too. No Dakota Access!
Stop the destruction of Florida's wildlife and aquifers from Sabal Trail pipeline.
Right now the construction of the Sabal Trail Transmission and Florida Southeast Connection natural gas pipelines is beginning and will go through some of the most vulnerable parts of the country and will likely lead to a methane leak in the future. The Sabal Trail Transmission will branch off from the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) that goes from Texas to New York, with the new 456-mile pipeline going through Alabama and Georgia terminating south of Orlando. This will be the biggest natural gas pipeline to ever come to Florida. One of the main reasons this pipeline is coming to Florida is for Duke Energy's new power plant they are building in Crystal River, Florida. This will be a natural gas power plant to replace the nuclear power plant that is being decommissioned due to delamination of the concrete in the containment building. Instead of Duke pursuing a repair to the containment building, or replacing the plant with another nuclear power plant or a renewable resource plant, they are going to build a natural gas plant that requires importing the fossil fuel to Florida. Natural gas, though cleaner than oil or coal, still produces carbon dioxide and heat trapping gases. The drilling and transportation of natural gas through pipelines often result in leaks of methane which is a far more potent global-warming gas. We deserve better, and we need to demand that companies and elected officials start listening to the wants of the people they serve. The company that will be installing the pipeline is Spectra Energy which has a history of accidents and violations. On June 2, 2015, they had a pipeline rupture beneath the Arkansas River, near Little Rock, causing the U.S. Coast Guard to shut down two miles of the river. Spectra has been fined by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration several times, and were fined $134,500 in 2012. Does this sound like a good idea to send a pipeline through the fragile environment of Florida? The Sabal Trail Transmission will run near the Crystal River, regarded to be the most important refuge for manatees in the United States. Manatees cannot be harmed or injured according to Florida law. The pipeline will also be going under the Suwannee River which is home to many threatened and endangered animals. The fragile Florida limestone composing the aquifers that hold fresh drinking water has a history of collapsing and eroding is no place for a pipeline carrying destructive fossil fuel. The pipeline has already been approved, but we can help stop it if we all get together and say enough is enough.
President Obama: Full Environmental Impact Statement for Dakota Access Pipeline
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is proposed to carry oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota 1,172 miles to Pakota, Illinois (just 7 miles shorter than the rejected Keystone XL pipeline). Currently under construction, it is sited to cross the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Nation in North Dakota. It was initially proposed to cross the Missouri River north of the capital city of Bismarck, ND, but that plan was rejected out of concern for the water supply of Bismarck residents. Pipelines eventually leak; a leak in the pipeline under the Missouri River would poison the water supply of not just Standing Rock, but residents of six states downstream. DAPL was fast-tracked with minimal environmental oversight and minimal consultation with Standing Rock tribal officials. The process undermines the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act and contradicts the federal government’s doctrine of trust responsibility to protect tribes. We respectfully request that President Barack Obama instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement to better evaluate the potential effects of the pipeline.
Reef the fish & dive "Towers" off the coast of Collier and Florida Keys
It has been brought to our attention the decommissioned radio towers that offer irreplaceable fish havens are in the process of being removed or reefed. We, The Collier County Waterkeeper, numerous organizations from Sanibel to Key West and the signers of this petition ask you to consider the negative environmental & monetary impacts removing these amazing towers, instead of reefing them, will have on our fishing and tourism industry. Reefing the towers would continue to provide our fishery with the numerous towers' ability to attract fish. Recently, off the coast of Naples, 35 artificial reefs were sunk which have already proven their worth in attracting fish. These reefs will last a lifetime and were strategically positioned to attract fish. The Gulf is a thriving fish haven, one of the greatest in the world. Fish have relatively no structures to call home and The Towers are like an oasis that fish species are instinctively drawn to. Removing them would be a travesty to our local communities and an antithesis to the campaign for artificial reefs in our local waters. If you are big into fishing in the Florida Keys or Southwest Florida, you are familiar with the lure of the “Towers” off of the coast. These towers are proven to attract countless species of fish, corals and marine life. Many fishing trips offshore including charter captains, tourists, recreational & commercial fishermen depend on these towers for their livelihood and pursuit of happiness. The towers are an amazing SCUBA and freedive site as well. The Towers are home to goliath grouper which the city of Naples uses to determine species counts and breeding pattern annually. Please sign this petition to tell the Army Corps of Engineers and The Department Of Defense to reef, not remove, the towers off of our coast to ensure a lasting legacy of these towers. Locations of towers: http://www.floridagofishing.com/_images/charts-maps/radio-towers-sw-gulf-of-mexico.JPG
Demand Accountability for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project!
The Ballona Wetlands are one of our last remaining coastal wetlands in southern California. Once spanning over 2,000 acres, they have been reduced to 600 highly altered and degraded acres. The Ballona Wetlands need restoration and they need it now; without action, they will only continue to deteriorate. The land was purchased by the State of California in 2003 and shortly thereafter, restoration planning began. Over thirteen years later we are still waiting for a plan! The restoration plan is an Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/EIS) which will present four different options for restoration. The Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are the lead agencies preparing the EIR/EIS and will make the final decision about restoration plans. Residents, environmental groups, businesses, and concerned individuals have been anxiously awaiting the release of the EIR/EIS for the restoration of Ballona Wetlands. Deadlines have come and gone. The most recent deadline, summer of 2016, has passed and official word just set a new deadline in mid-2017. This is unacceptable. We demand to see the EIR/EIS now. Further, we want to know why the EIR/EIS is so delayed. What assurance do we have that the new timeline will be met? The Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife must be held accountable. The Ballona Wetlands are a critical natural resource that humans and wildlife depend upon. Without immediate action, we risk irreparable harm – the time to act is now! Add your name to this petition to show the Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and elected officials that restoration of Ballona Wetlands must be a priority and that it needs to start now with the release of the EIR/EIS!
Save the Biggest Wetland Mitigation Bank in the U.S.A. from Development
As of September 2015, construction of the South Williamson Boulevard extension in Port Orange, FL, is destroying dozens of acres of wetlands and threatening thousands of acres more, including the largest wetland mitigation bank in the United States (Farmton), which is where this road is planned to go. This project threatens the well-being of the local community by increasing the risk of flooding, increasing the concentrations of fertilizers, pesticides, and sewage in the water, and destroying habitat for fish and wildlife. The cumulative effects of various large local projects inside the Spruce Creek basin have not been studied as a whole, although the Clean Water Act requires it. The construction of South Williamson Boulevard is associated with the 1000+ acre Woodhaven development and I-95 highway interchange projects, which hinder the public's effort to complete the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve and use it for outdoor recreational and aesthetic purposes (hiking, biking, nature photography, bird watching, horseback riding, etc.). Additionally, the developer is taking over $15,000,000 in public money to build this road through Spruce Creek's wetland basin, which is not in the public's best interest. Besides hurting the environment, county-funded traffic studies have shown that building this road will cause traffic flow issues, and NOT improve the road network's functionality. The solution is to stop the construction of South Williamson Boulevard and return allocated funding to the taxpayers. After that the State of Florida would be able to buy the land and preserve it for future generations.