16 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, STOP Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge pipeline, the next segment after AIM

Dear Governor Cuomo, Spectra Energy has run a 42-inch fracked gas pipeline under our Hudson River, a mere 105 feet from critical Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant safety facilities. This project was installed against the will of New Yorkers, and against your own request that construction halt until safety considerations could be addressed. Now, Spectra Energy is trying to complete their plan by building the Atlantic Bridge pipeline, which would connect to the AIM Pipeline and secure a foreign market for their dirty gas by connecting the AIM pipeline to Canada. We need you to instruct the Department of Environmental Conservation to withhold the water quality certificate for Spectra Energy's Atlantic Bridge Pipeline, the next segment of Spectra's pipeline expansion project. As you may know, the US Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the false divisions between Spectra's AIM Pipeline, Atlantic Bridge project and Access Northeast project constitute illegal segmentation. Spectra Energy has attempted to avoid a real analysis of the cumulative impacts of their projects on wetlands by treating Spectra's AIM, Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast projects as separate, even though you need only to look at a map to determine that they are indivisible parts of a single project. Cumulative impacts on wetlands and waterways are more severe than individual impacts taken out of context. The DEC must therefore wait on the outcome of that case before issuing a water quality certificate for Atlantic Bridge, since a ruling that NEPA was violated in this case would mean all three projects would have to be considered as one. Spectra Energy has been responsible for countless environmental and public safety disasters. They have shown at every turn that they will risk our homes, our water, and our common climate to advance their own profits. During the horizontal directional drilling phase of the construction of the AIM Pipeline, they lost their drill bit and showed their contempt for our well-being and our laws by illegally dredging a nearby wetland to try to find it, resulting in a disciplinary letter from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They also destroyed wetlands in the ecologically sensitive Blue Mountain reservation during AIM construction. Right now, Spectra Energy is counting on you turning a blind eye to their terrible track record. They are counting on your silence. You have the power to stop them. We need you to send a strong message to the nation about New York's core values: that we still believe in protecting local communities' health, water resources and livelihoods, that we are still a state that takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and that we believe in the basic science of climate change and moving away from polluting fossil fuels. Please instruct the DEC to fulfill its responsibilities and DENY Spectra Energy's application for a water quality certificate for the Atlantic Bridge project. Sincerely, Local Organizations: ResistSpectra, SAPE (Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion) and SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group) and the following residents of New York and the surrounding regions:

ResistSpectra, SAPE, SEnRG
26,513 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
560,748 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rob Portman, Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Opposing Route of NEXUS Pipeline in Ohio

The NEXUS Pipeline is a 36 inch high pressure natural gas transmission line that will snake through Ohio, Michigan and end in Canada. My town, Green, Ohio is being impacted negatively by this pipe line as it will affect homes, sports fields, wetlands, bogs, waterways, endangered species and even go under a reservoir where my family kayaks. My friends are being contacted to survey their properties and would have no choice but allow the new right of ways through their property. Kids are losing their wooded areas including their tree houses!!!!! The sad facts: Pipeline length in Green: 8 miles (2 miles longer than Green is wide) Waterbodies Crossed: 22 Wetlands Crossed: 10, 094 ft Buildings within the blast zone: 50 (including homes) Parks affected: Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park where bald eagles nest, people camp, fish, boat with electric motors only and ice fish. Ariss Park has football and lacrosse fields, a dog walk area and a forested wetland area. Greensburg Park has baseball diamonds, open fields and a playground. Singer Lake Preserve owned by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History is home to several endangered and threatened species, is a fragile and important ecosystem. This environmental impact of a failure of this pipeline would be horrendous.  Please consider signing the petition to re-route this pipeline.  

Nicole Berkhouse
449 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Munster Police Chief Stephen Scheckel, Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty, Schererville Police Chief David Dowling, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance, Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek

Urge Indiana Police Sent to Standing Rock to Stand in Solidarity with Water Protectors Now

We demand a ban on any future Indiana law enforcement presence at Standing Rock, and request a public apology from Indiana police agencies for deploying officers against the peaceful protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Indiana police officers, we call on you now to stand with the people you are employed to protect, and against the corporate greed the drives the pipeline. Now is your opportunity to live out your mission statement: “To serve and protect the community by preserving the peace.” Stand with us, and stand in solidarity with Standing Rock now. INDIANA OFFICERS AT STANDING ROCK In late October, police from six Northwest Indiana police departments voluntarily deployed to Standing Rock, North Dakota for 14 days. Indiana police departments made up a third of the total departments present on site, and included the Lake County Sheriff, and the Munster, Schererville, Griffith, Hammond, and Michigan City police departments. Management Assistance Compact enacted by the governor of North Dakota, Indiana was called upon for help by the Morton County Sheriff Department, but Indiana was not required to respond. It was the choice of Indiana police whether to support the pipeline, and they chose to support a corporation instead of the people they claim to protect. Our community was left in question and distress, knowing that members of our community had traveled to Standing Rock to stand with protectors, and were being met with armed aggression and injustice from the very people who they'd always trusted to keep their families safe at home. Indiana officers left home on Oct. 22 to provide backup to a local militarized police force and private security guards who had already been using pepper spray, rubber bullets, teargas, and dogs against peaceful water protectors and journalists. Our officers were aware of this, but still joined them. Five days into their deployment, 200 police in riot gear, as well as National Guard soldiers, conducted a military-style sweep of a camp that was set up in the path of the pipeline. They utilized noise cannons, pepper spray, bean bag rounds, and excessive force. They made over 140 arrests on charges of criminal trespassing and rioting, but videos reveal the arrest of elders in prayer and those simply standing in silent resistance. This was just one of many incidents of excessive violence against the water protectors while the Indiana Police were at Standing Rock. Morton County Sheriff's Department estimates the cost of law enforcement for these two weeks is in the range of $1,200,000. While North Dakota plans to pay Indiana back, our state tax dollars have covered the expenses and salaries of the officers in the meantime. When our Indiana officers deployed to site, they did not turn to face the oil company workers, demanding that they halt unlawful construction. Rather, they faced the unarmed Indigenous people who had taken a stand to protect the water for the sake of all living beings. If the ones we call on to keep our communities safe are willing to take these harmful measures against peaceful protesters in North Dakota, how confident can we truly be in our safety and justice here at home? This is an opportunity for healing and an opportunity for resolution. Our police must utilize their authority to protect and serve the people, not the corporate pursuit of fossil fuel profits. For the sake of sustaining our lives and our planet, we urge Indiana police to stand in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock. MORE ABOUT DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE Indiana officers opposed Indigenous people on their own treaty land, as well as allied environmental activists from around the globe who had gathered to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This is the largest gathering of Indigenous tribes the country has seen since the 1800s. The Sioux people call this land home, guaranteed to them by the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851. Yet, an armed occupying force continues to violate them on their own land. In addition, the pipeline has destroyed sacred burial grounds of the Sioux. (What if YOUR Grandma was dug up from her grave?) The oil pipeline threatens the contamination of the Missouri River, which is the source of drinking water for 18 million people downstream. The pipeline company continued to drill near the Missouri River without first acquiring proper legal permits. Clean water is a resource we all—police officers included—need to survive. What wrongdoings will we allow to be done to our human family and our only inhabitable planet, before we demand that corporate greed take a backseat to the lives of our people and the planet that sustains us? Now is the time to let our voices be heard and encourage the Indiana police to stand on the right side of history at this critical moment in time.

350 Indiana-Calumet
126 supporters