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Update posted 21 hours 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
105,203 supporters
Update posted 3 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
49,185 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
556,694 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Greg Abbott, Kelcy Warren, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Jose Menendez

Remove Kelcy Warren from his chair on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission

    Most people may know Kelcy Warren as the man behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dallas-based billionaire and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners has been making headlines for fast-tracking a 1100 mile crude oil pipeline across the Midwest and under the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. No environmental impact assessment, no respect for cultural sites, and no regard for the local and widespread communities living along the river. A similar story is unfolding out in West Texas, where Warren's company has split through the pristine Big Bend region with the 200 mile Comanche Trail Pipeline and nearly-complete 143 mile Trans Pecos Pipeline. These Pipelines mark the way for massive natural gas and oil developments in the Trans Pecos region.     With untold damages unfolding for cultural and environmental resources at the hands of Energy Transfer Partners, it would surprise most to know that nearly a year ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Kelcy Warren for a 6 year term as 1 of the 10 commissioners who preside over Texas Parks And Wildlife...  Why? Probably the $550,000 in campaign contributions Abbott received from Warren.          TPWD needs our help.  For those of you who love the outdoors and live in Texas, you have probably visited one or more of the 95 state parks TPWD has to offer. From winding canyons to desert plains and mountain range, from barrier islands to evergreen forests, TPWD strives to protect the diverse ecosystems around the state based on their mission statement:  "To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations."    Following this mission statement, TPWD has become one of the best ways for Texans to access the outdoors. Sadly, many of the governor-appointed representatives of the TPW Commission have often proven ill-fit to stand as a true representation of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In particular, the personal interests held by chairman Kelcy Warren DO NOT line up with the TPWD mission statement and threaten the agency's integrity. Warren, according to his online TPW Commissioner bio, has "outstanding career achievements and contributions to the midstream industry", making his billions constructing pipelines. In Texas, despite ongoing protest, Warren's Trans Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines have used eminent domain to cut through the heart of the beloved Big Bend region to export natural gas into Mexico. These actions are directly harming the region's natural and cultural treasure West Texas is known for.      The Chihuahuan desert is considered the third most biologically diverse arid region in the world.  Pipeline construction requires a 125ft pathway to be cleared and compacted, resulting in permanent habitat loss and fragmentation while also creating erosion of topsoil. Such a wide pathway over these 143 and 200 mile pipelines destroys a massive area of habitat. Further, Warren's pipelines are being installed to service the growing natural gas industry of West Texas. Although not directly related, pipelines add infrastructure for operations like the "Alpine High" oilfield: 350,000 acres of Chihuahuan desert that has been claimed for hydraulic fracturing. The intense fracking planned for the region threatens underground water sources and stands to transform the iconic West Texas desert forever. The desert ecology has not been the only thing damaged in construction, in September, ETP bulldozed the 5000 year old Trap Springs archaeological site in Brewster County. ETP has also made headlines for bulldozing burial grounds and stone circles held sacred by Lakota people in North Dakota, using private security armed with attack dogs and mace to "pacify" the peaceful protesters. The president and CEO of such a company IS NOT FIT TO SERVE as a TPWD commissioner.    I am writing this petition as a concerned Texas citizen, who sees interests held by Kelcy Warren as a direct threat to what TPWD stands for. Seats on the TPW Commission should not be earned through campaign contributions for status or business/political leverage; the seats need to be appointed to those who actually care about TPW, who care about our environment, and who truly want to preserve our beautiful land for future generations. I am asking Governor Greg Abbott, and Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to remove Kelcy Warren from the TPW Commission, or for Warren to step down under his own power. Warren has brought nothing but bad attention to TPWD and it is in the best interest of the agency to operate without him as a commissioner. Our goal is to receive at least 10,000 signatures, after which this petition will be delivered to Greg Abbott.    My name is Andrew Lucas and I am an Environmental Science major at UTSA and former Texas State Park Ambassador. I write this out of love for our beautiful Big Bend and Trans Pecos regions. I, like many other people, draw so much inspiration from this land. I do not want to see the future of our wild places left in the hands of corporate interest, so let us keep these interests separated from the agency's that are here to help preserve and protect it. Thank you, please sign and share.   Dear Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn,    Due to the obvious conflicts of interest between the Mission of TPWD and the highly destructive industrial ventures of Commissioner Kelcy Warren, we request that you remove Mr. Warren from his chair on the TPWD Commission immediately.     Thank you,          -Andrew Lucas

Andrew Lucas
9,144 supporters