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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
564,478 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
94,894 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
49,659 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honorable Ivan Solís alcaldecul2013@gmail.com, Coral Parrilla coralparrilla@yahoo.com, Honorable Ricardo Rosello mensaj...

ACCIÓN COMUNAL: RESCATEMOS LA PLAYA FLAMENCO, Culebra, Puerto Rico

 ••• Scroll down for English •••   Nos unimos para defender las aguas pristinas costaneras de la famosa Playa Flamenco, joya del archipiélago Caribeño de Culebra, Puerto Rico.   Los fracasos de las agencias gubernamentales al no obligar el cumplimiento con la política pública y las leyes ambientales ha resultado en un daño irreparable a la integridad ecológica de la Bahía Flamenco, Designada como; Hábitat Crítico para Arrecifes de Coral y Tortugas Marinas en Peligro de Extinción.   Un delincuente ambiental crónico, ha continuado la construcción ilegal y sin permisos por más de diez años. Sigue rellenando humedales protegidos y escarbando carreteras, causando erosión e impactos significantes de sedimentación en el área conocida como el Muellecito.   Últimamente, como resultado de dos huracanes catastróficos, nuestros ciudadanos y las agencias públicas están enfocadas en esfuerzos de recuperación, mientras se usa el desastre natural para encubrir deforestación acelerada.   Ésto le ha causado un impacto mortal al sistema ecológico que tanto ha sufrido recientemente.  A su vez, éste impacto sigue alterando para siempre la belleza extraordinaria del paisaje natural y las aguas cristalinas de nuestra querida Playa Flamenco.   Éste ‘proyectista’, quien busca identificarse como ambientalista, sigue abusando de nuestros tribunales y continúa su hábito de intimidación hacia agencias de gobierno y ciudadanos locales.  Consigue privatizar lo que se honra como dominio público y bloquea el acceso tradicional hacia áreas históricas, logrando la destrucción del patrimonio natural y cultural.     Éste patrimonio otorgado en herencia, está protegido por leyes federales, estatales y municipales.    Especificamente, Ley 66 del 1975, (política pública de Puerto Rico) que tiene como propósito principal el preservar y conservar la integridad ecológica de Culebra.    Por lo tanto, reclamamos la ejecución de leyes existentes y política pública para asegurar la protección y conservación de la Bahía de Flamenco para la prosperidad y bienestar de futuras generaciones.   Nosotros, los suscritos, EXIGIMOS que nuestras agencias tomen acción y obliguen el cumplimiento con:   El CESE y DESISTA INMEDIATO a todo trabajo en el área de Flamenco.   La ELIMINACIÓN de estructuras ilegales y RESTAURACIÓN de todas las áreas afectadas en Flamenco.   Imponer MULTAS y PENALIDADES proporcional a un delincuente habitual por cada movimiento de terreno, carretera y estructura ilegal en el área de Flamenco.   Re-establecer el ACCESO LIBRE en lugares de dominio público.  Eliminación de portones, verjas y escombros bloqueando el ACCESO público tradicional al Muellecito, Playa Resaca, el Bosque de Piedras y el Puesto de Observación (OP), según resolución ACDEC 01-076-A del 17 de enero 2007  (acceso de emergencia).   Asegurar la TRANSPARENCIA en todas las acciones posteriores. Ésto se llevará a cabo a través de notificaciones a la comunidad en general, por medio de anuncios o boletines impresos, redes sociales y reuniones públicas.              ____________________                                        ••• ENGLISH •••     COMMUNITY ACTION:     RESCUE FLAMENCO BEACH   We are uniting to defend the pristine coastal waters of world renowned Flamenco beach, the jewel of the Caribbean archipelago of Culebra, Puerto Rico…   Failures of government agencies to enforce public policy and environmental laws has resulted in irreparable harm to the ecological integrity of Flamenco Bay, listed as Critical Habitat for endangered sea turtles and coral reefs.   For over a decade, a chronic environmental offender has continued illegal construction without permits, filling protected wetlands and carving roads, causing erosion and significant sedimentation impacts to the area known as “El Muellecito.”   Now in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes public agencies and citizens are focused on recovery efforts, meanwhile the natural disaster is being used as a cover for accelerated deforestation and unsustainable development.  This has dealt a mortal blow to the recently battered ecosystem, forever altering the extraordinary beauty, natural landscape and crystalline waters of our beloved Flamenco Beach.   Through the abuse of our legal system, this developer who falsely presents himself as an environmentalist, has consistently intimidated government agencies and local citizens, privatizing what we honor as public domain and blocking traditional access to historical areas, effectively destroying cultural and natural patrimony.   All of this is protected by federal, state and municipal laws.   Specifically, Law 66 of 1975, (public policy of Puerto Rico) whose primary purpose is to preserve and conserve the ecological integrity of Culebra’s delicate ecosystem.     Therefore, we seek the enforcement of existing laws and public policy, to ensure the protection and conservation of Flamenco Bay for the prosperity and well-being of future generations.    We (the undersigned) DEMAND agencies take action and enforce: IMMEDIATE CEASE and DESIST of all work in the area of Flamenco. REMOVAL of illegal structures & RESTORATION of ALL affected areas of Flamenco.   FINES and PENALTIES proportionate to a repeat offender for each illegal movement of earth, road and structure in the area of Flamenco. OPEN ACCESS to Public Domain areas. Extraction of fences, gates and debris blocking traditional public ACCESS to El Muellecito (the shark pen), Resaca beach, the boulder forest and the observation post (OP), in accordance with ACDEC resolution 01-076-A, January 17, 2007. (Emergency access) TRANSPARENCY on all further actions.  This is to occur through written notifications to the community using advertisements, bulletins, social media, and public meetings.              ____________________    

CULEBRA 66
23,874 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honorable Ivan Solís alcaldecul2013@gmail.com, Coral Parrilla coralparrilla@yahoo.com, Honorable Ricardo Rosello mensaj...

ACCIÓN COMUNAL: RESCATEMOS LA PLAYA FLAMENCO, Culebra, Puerto Rico

 ••• Scroll down for English •••   Nos unimos para defender las aguas pristinas costaneras de la famosa Playa Flamenco, joya del archipiélago Caribeño de Culebra, Puerto Rico.   Los fracasos de las agencias gubernamentales al no obligar el cumplimiento con la política pública y las leyes ambientales ha resultado en un daño irreparable a la integridad ecológica de la Bahía Flamenco, Designada como; Hábitat Crítico para Arrecifes de Coral y Tortugas Marinas en Peligro de Extinción.   Un delincuente ambiental crónico, ha continuado la construcción ilegal y sin permisos por más de diez años. Sigue rellenando humedales protegidos y escarbando carreteras, causando erosión e impactos significantes de sedimentación en el área conocida como el Muellecito.   Últimamente, como resultado de dos huracanes catastróficos, nuestros ciudadanos y las agencias públicas están enfocadas en esfuerzos de recuperación, mientras se usa el desastre natural para encubrir deforestación acelerada.   Ésto le ha causado un impacto mortal al sistema ecológico que tanto ha sufrido recientemente.  A su vez, éste impacto sigue alterando para siempre la belleza extraordinaria del paisaje natural y las aguas cristalinas de nuestra querida Playa Flamenco.   Éste ‘proyectista’, quien busca identificarse como ambientalista, sigue abusando de nuestros tribunales y continúa su hábito de intimidación hacia agencias de gobierno y ciudadanos locales.  Consigue privatizar lo que se honra como dominio público y bloquea el acceso tradicional hacia áreas históricas, logrando la destrucción del patrimonio natural y cultural.     Éste patrimonio otorgado en herencia, está protegido por leyes federales, estatales y municipales.    Especificamente, Ley 66 del 1975, (política pública de Puerto Rico) que tiene como propósito principal el preservar y conservar la integridad ecológica de Culebra.    Por lo tanto, reclamamos la ejecución de leyes existentes y política pública para asegurar la protección y conservación de la Bahía de Flamenco para la prosperidad y bienestar de futuras generaciones.   Nosotros, los suscritos, EXIGIMOS que nuestras agencias tomen acción y obliguen el cumplimiento con:   El CESE y DESISTA INMEDIATO a todo trabajo en el área de Flamenco.   La ELIMINACIÓN de estructuras ilegales y RESTAURACIÓN de todas las áreas afectadas en Flamenco.   Imponer MULTAS y PENALIDADES proporcional a un delincuente habitual por cada movimiento de terreno, carretera y estructura ilegal en el área de Flamenco.   Re-establecer el ACCESO LIBRE en lugares de dominio público.  Eliminación de portones, verjas y escombros bloqueando el ACCESO público tradicional al Muellecito, Playa Resaca, el Bosque de Piedras y el Puesto de Observación (OP), según resolución ACDEC 01-076-A del 17 de enero 2007  (acceso de emergencia).   Asegurar la TRANSPARENCIA en todas las acciones posteriores. Ésto se llevará a cabo a través de notificaciones a la comunidad en general, por medio de anuncios o boletines impresos, redes sociales y reuniones públicas.              ____________________                                        ••• ENGLISH •••     COMMUNITY ACTION:     RESCUE FLAMENCO BEACH   We are uniting to defend the pristine coastal waters of world renowned Flamenco beach, the jewel of the Caribbean archipelago of Culebra, Puerto Rico…   Failures of government agencies to enforce public policy and environmental laws has resulted in irreparable harm to the ecological integrity of Flamenco Bay, listed as Critical Habitat for endangered sea turtles and coral reefs.   For over a decade, a chronic environmental offender has continued illegal construction without permits, filling protected wetlands and carving roads, causing erosion and significant sedimentation impacts to the area known as “El Muellecito.”   Now in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes public agencies and citizens are focused on recovery efforts, meanwhile the natural disaster is being used as a cover for accelerated deforestation and unsustainable development.  This has dealt a mortal blow to the recently battered ecosystem, forever altering the extraordinary beauty, natural landscape and crystalline waters of our beloved Flamenco Beach.   Through the abuse of our legal system, this developer who falsely presents himself as an environmentalist, has consistently intimidated government agencies and local citizens, privatizing what we honor as public domain and blocking traditional access to historical areas, effectively destroying cultural and natural patrimony.   All of this is protected by federal, state and municipal laws.   Specifically, Law 66 of 1975, (public policy of Puerto Rico) whose primary purpose is to preserve and conserve the ecological integrity of Culebra’s delicate ecosystem.     Therefore, we seek the enforcement of existing laws and public policy, to ensure the protection and conservation of Flamenco Bay for the prosperity and well-being of future generations.    We (the undersigned) DEMAND agencies take action and enforce: IMMEDIATE CEASE and DESIST of all work in the area of Flamenco. REMOVAL of illegal structures & RESTORATION of ALL affected areas of Flamenco.   FINES and PENALTIES proportionate to a repeat offender for each illegal movement of earth, road and structure in the area of Flamenco. OPEN ACCESS to Public Domain areas. Extraction of fences, gates and debris blocking traditional public ACCESS to El Muellecito (the shark pen), Resaca beach, the boulder forest and the observation post (OP), in accordance with ACDEC resolution 01-076-A, January 17, 2007. (Emergency access) TRANSPARENCY on all further actions.  This is to occur through written notifications to the community using advertisements, bulletins, social media, and public meetings.              ____________________    

CULEBRA 66
23,874 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
94,894 supporters
Petitioning John Bel Edwards, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Put a halt to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Energy Tranfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, has proposed a pipeline that is to bring crude oil from Illinois and North Dakota to Louisiana and will go through the Louisiana bayous and wetlands. The pipeline, if to spill, will affect predominantly black areas and it has the potential to poison up to 700 bodies of water. The communities in St. James Parish, where the pipeline is proposed to go through, have already suffered from the pollution of oil tankers being present in the area. The pipeline will definitely cause an increase of the amount of carbon released in the atmosphere, therefore contributing to global warming. Also, if the pipeline were to spill, the oil would increase the erosion in the area. Much of Louisiana is facing constant erosion today and oil is a huge factor in the process. Please sign this petition to help save the wetlands and its communities! 

Braden Mowdy
5,611 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
4,070 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
3,113 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
3,073 supporters