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Oil

43 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to 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! It is time to lead the United States in alternative energy sources such as solar and wind energy!

Kamryn Baker
48,765 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Army Corps of Engineers

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.

Tim Canova
103,219 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Lee C. Bollinger, Jerome Davis, President

Columbia University - Establish a Barack Obama Policy Institute

Signers of this petition are interested in establishing a nonpartisan Policy Institute and Social Service Fellowship Program at Columbia University. The proposed institute would serve as an incubator for policy development & social service advocacy to continue & commemorate the legacy of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama - Columbia University Class '83. What's the Mission?The proposed goal of the Institute is to: 1) place itself at the forefront of research and the development of public policy as it corresponds with the President's directive. 2) oversee a professional development fellowship program to develop a cadre of social service professionals. Why Columbia?Columbia's reputation of creating innovative research institutions and diverse policy programs has attracted and engaged the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding and service to society. The University is a beacon in New York City and a national titan when it comes to producing some of our country's most devoted public servants and civil rights defenders. Many are aware of Alumni President Barack Obama and U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton; however, few are cognizant of fellow public service alumni such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg ( Law'59), and former Attorney General Eric Holder (CC'73 Law'76). With access to many of the nation's industry leaders and policy wonks, what better location than Columbia University? .... and all while having New York City as its backdrop! Who can sponsor initiative?This petition requests University President, Lee C. Bollinger (Law '71), in conjunction with all vested parties, champion the effort on behalf of the petition signers. President Bollinger is one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars, in addition to having led the historic Supreme Court case of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, which defined the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. Within the last decade and a half, President Bollinger aggressively established a network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents; led a sustainable (LEEDs) designated university expansion; and forged a $30mm faculty diversity program. Under his tutelage, the University could provide futile ground for developing a world-class institution and distinguished pool of young leaders.  

Cynthia CU'95
1,504 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

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
556,220 supporters