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Petitioning 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.

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
562,765 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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!

Earthjustice
94,598 supporters
Petitioning John Boozman, Tom Cotton, Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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 companies that threaten our communities! 

Kamryn Baker
49,605 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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!

Earthjustice
94,598 supporters
Petitioning Duke Energy

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.

colleen gariton
4,077 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh division

Implement more signs and a better warning system for the Dashields dam

On May 20, 2017 my cousin and her friend tragically lost their lives in a kayaking accident on the Dashields Dam.  The buoy warning system and signs to warn Ohio river goers of the Dashields Dam are insufficient, ineffective and needs to be changed immediately. So far there have been 29 deaths from accidents on the dam, which is unacceptable and can be prevented with a better warning system.  I want to ensure NO other families have to go through this heartbreaking and preventable tragedy again. We are petitioning the Army Corps of Engineers to add more/better warning signs and a better warning system to help avoid another senseless tragedy. Please sign this petition to make the Ohio river safer for rivergoers and eliminate this type of accident from happening again.  Thank you!! 

Natalie Greco
3,112 supporters
Closed
Petitioning President Barack Obama, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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. 

Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Social Action Working Group
3,074 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Remove Snake River Dams & Save Salmon from Extinction

Dams impact salmon and steelhead in a number of ways, from inundating spawning areas to changing historic river flow patterns and raising water temperatures. Ninety-nine percent of the Snake River sockeye counted at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River near Portland in 2015 died before reaching Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. Unprecedented and lethally high temperatures in the Columbia, Snake and even Salmon rivers killed all but a few dozen of Idaho’s 4,000 adult endangered sockeye that had returned to the Columbia last June and July. Of the more than 500,000 that passed Bonneville Dam on the Lower Columbia River, most are struggling as they try to make their way past a network of dams that create slack pools with large volumes of water exposed to the sun. Under direction of Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon, dam operators (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Northwestern Division, Bureau of Reclamation - Pacific Northwest Region and Bonneville Power Administration) are currently under orders to look at all options to address this epidemic in a prepared environmental impact statement (EIS). Removal of these dams is our only chance to saving salmon. We are out of time. We must act now. Please sign this petition if you are in favor of saving salmon.

One Step Forward
2,389 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Support Fair Water Flow for Florida's Industry and Wildlife Along Apalachicola River & Bay

A Fight Over Water, and to Save a Way of LifeApalachicola is a Florida heritage site, a bastion of Old Florida history and lifestyle, and severely dependent on the water flow from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. The unique mix of water from the ACF basin and the Gulf of Mexico has created one of this country's most bountiful environments for marine life and the seafood industry.As early as 1896, Apalachicola Bay exported around 50,000 cans of oysters a day to other states across the country. Five years ago, Apalachicola Bay oyster fishers harvested more than 3 million pounds of oyster meat, roughly 92 percent of Florida’s oyster harvest and 10 percent of the national harvest. However, much has changed since 2013. During that year, the total harvest dropped to around 1 million pounds, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a fishery state of  disaster on at the bay.Apalachicola's issues can be traced back to 1989, when the United States Army Corps of Engineers recommended that some water flowing through the Buford Dam, located on the Chattahoochee River in northern Georgia, should be used for the city of Atlanta's water supply. Florida has pursued legal action to protect the flow of water that meets the Gulf, but it is facing an uphill battle.In 2017, a special master has recommended to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Florida in a decades-long fight over water use. This ruling will deliver a big blow to not only the oysters, but the people of Big Bend’s Apalachicola Bay.Sign this petition to make your Florida voice heard in this battle. This petition will be delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of finding a different solution to the water needs of the states involved in this fight. Help us bring awareness to the economic and ecologic disaster restricted water flow will cause. Follow @oneriverapalach on Twitter and Instagram for more info.       

One River Apalachicola
1,595 supporters
Petitioning Department of Defense, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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  

Collier County Waterkeeper
1,310 supporters