- Brent CossetteU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- Colonel John HendersonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
We are a group of young people from the Oceti Sakowin area calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We believe that the DAPL has great potential to leak into the Missouri River and cause harm to the great people of this nation whose water and livelihood depends on the river. We're willing to go to great lengths to make sure that our voices are heard in opposition to the pipeline – we'll even run hundreds of miles.
Sign to stand with us and demand a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Together with People Over Pipelines, we lead a relay race over 500 miles to deliver the signatures from this petition to the Army Corps of Engineers. Young people from across the Oceti Sakowin lands and non-Native youth ran over 8 days through South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, from reservation to reservation, through smalls towns and bigger cities along the Missouri River. People in the communities welcomed the runners and took care of us along the way down – many young and old faces.
A lot of lives who will be effected if this pipeline were to be approved. The Dakota Access Pipeline is projected to extend 1,134 miles and connect the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. It is set to be built in May 2016, with construction beginning in the Bakken, and is supposed to be running later this year. The DAPL is designed to transport 450,000 barrels of crude oil per day along this route, and it will cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation. We're worried that it could leak and pollute our river, poison our people.
By running the relay, not only were we bringing awareness to the people, we were also bringing back unity and hope! At one point, we had 50 young people from Santee, Nebraska who ran and helped us cover 30 miles in a day! The power of prayers carried us at times we couldn't run anymore, but something made us all get out there and keep running. We all understood that the sacrifice was much bigger than ourselves. We wanted people to hear us so we had to show them and bring the Dakota Access Pipeline issue to light to protect Unci Maka (Mother Earth).
We had 10 runners who completed the entire "Run For Your Life" relay run and about 160 runners ranging from 5 to 66 years old over the whole week. We saw thousands of faces who would be impacted by the construction of this pipeline.
The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline can only be successful if we have your voice. Please sign your name to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is damaging to all life along the Missouri River. Let them know that we do not need oil to live, but we do need water, and water is a human right and not a privilege.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Colonel John Henderson
Dear Colonel John Henderson,
We stand in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We believe that the DAPL has great potential to cause harm to the great people of this nation whose water and livelihood depends on the Missouri River.
We write to you as the peoples of this great land, both Native and non-Native, who rely on the Missouri River and our ecosystems for our livelihoods, our communities, and our futures. For a long time, man has behaved as though he has absolute dominion over nature, and now we are beginning to see the effects of what this attitude has done to our world. As global concerns about environmental issues continue to rise, we too are taking a stand out of concern not only for ourselves, but also for the non-human animals in our communities and for the children who shall become a part of nature after we have passed.
The DAPL is a 1,134-mile oil pipeline from the Bakken Shale deposits to Illinois refineries. The pipeline diameter would be 12-30 inches, with an expected capacity of up to 570,000 barrels per day, or more. The DAPL would cross the Missouri River less than one mile upstream of the mouth of the Cannon Ball River, and only about 12 river miles upstream from the Reservation drinking water intake on the Missouri River at Fort Yates. For this reason, there is a great possibility that anyone who gets their water from the Missouri River will be threatened by a potential spill. In North Dakota alone there have been 300 oil spills in the last two years. It is therefore not a matter of if the pipeline will break, but when, and how large the spill will be when it does. We are deeply concerned about the construction of this pipeline and feel that our needs have not been taken into account before deciding to construct it.
Despite the threat to public health both on and off reservations, there is no lead federal agency for DAPL, so there has been no comprehensive environmental impact analysis. The oil company prepared an environmental report for the Corps of Engineers containing general information about certain segments of the pipeline, but there has been no effort to conduct the requisite analysis under the National Environmental Policy act (NEPA). Important NEPA requirements such as Environmental Justice and the potential impacts on climate change have been totally ignored in the planning process.
Three federal agencies have sent letters to the Army Corps with concerns with the draft EA. These organizations are the EPA, the Historic Preservation Office, and the Department of Interior. These agencies have demanded that the Army Corps take several steps before considering issuing a permit to Dakota Access, LLC, and we agree with them.
Before issuing a permit to Dakota Access LLC, the Army Corps must take the following steps:
· Conduct a full EIS to determine potential environmental effects of the DAPL.
· Address additional concerns regarding environmental justice and emergency response actions to spills/leaks.
· Address the potential impact to cultural/historical sites, including native burial grounds.
· Address the lack of communication with tribes over the past several months, and remedy this by properly consulting and coordinating with affected tribes.
· Apply President Barack Obama’s climate test and determine whether this project serves the national interest by not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.
If Dakota Access fails to meet the conditions of any one of these enacted recommendations it stands as a clear indication that it is not a safe & sound project deserving of permitting.
Colonel Henderson, thank you for your time with this letter. We deeply appreciate your time and your consideration of our concerns, our communities, and our water, and we hope that you take us into account when you make a final decision regarding the permit.
People Over Pipelines
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