Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Featured

Widespread Water and Soil Contamination in North Dakota Linked to Fracking Spills

Widespread Water and Soil Contamination in North Dakota Linked to Fracking Spills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2016 CONTACT: Lisa DeVille, Dakota Resource Council board member, 701.421.8020 Nicole Donaghy, DRC staff, 701.202.0927 Jennifer Weisgerber, DRC Communications Coordinator, 701.224.8587 Tim Lucas, Duke University News, 919.613.8084, tdlucas@duke.edu Note: Avner Vengosh is available for additional comment at 919.681.8050 or vengosh@duke.edu. Contamination in ND linked to fracking spills: Duke University study shows evidence of “widespread and persistent” contamination, with clear effects on downstream water and soil BISMARCK, N.D. – Accidental wastewater spills from fracking-related oil production in North Dakota have caused widespread water and soil contamination, a new Duke University study finds. Researchers found high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as well as high salts in the brine-laden wastewater, which primarily comes from hydraulically fractured oil wells in the Bakken region of western North Dakota. In 2015, members of Dakota Resource Council accompanied Dr. Avner Vengosh and others from Duke University to spill sites to collect samples, also taking them on a tour of the Mandaree area. At one site, the...

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Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Featured

Run For Your Life: NO DAPL  A Relay Run In Opposition of Dakota Access Pipeline

Run For Your Life: NO DAPL A Relay Run In Opposition of Dakota Access Pipeline

For Immediate Release: April 27th, 2016 Run For Your Life: NO DAPL Contact: Media contact personnel, Jessye Stein, peopleoverpipelines@gmail.com , 605-223-5930 Other: Manape LaMere (712)-204-0570 Joseph White Eyes (605)-200-1044 Donnielle Wanatee (641)-481-6152 Omaha, NE – In solidarity with the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a group of Native and Non-native youth have organized a 500-mile spiritual relay run from Cannonball, ND to the district office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Omaha, NE. The run is titled “Run For Your Life: No DAPL.” It departed the Cannonball community on April 24th, 2016 and plans to arrive in Omaha on May 3rd, 2016. The intention of the run is to deliver a unified statement to the USACE in resistance to the oil pipeline that proposed to cross beneath sacred water needed for life. The runners will will also turn over a petition calling for a full EIS to be conducted on the Bakken pipeline. The running group is currently in Lake Andes, SD and...

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Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Featured

Opposing the Black Snake Pipeline & Running for Future Generations by Shayla Gayton

Opposing the Black Snake Pipeline & Running for Future Generations by Shayla Gayton

Han, mitakiyapi. Chante wašteya nape chiyuzapi. Waohola win emačiyapi. Othunwahe hota el wathi. Inyan woslate hematahan kšto. When I was first asked to join this run, I didn’t know the facts. I always supported the opposition of the pipeline because I listen when elders talk. I remember listening to all Unci Delores taken Alive’s stories in my high school Lakota classes. She talked about the land and how it used to be and what it has and is becoming. The land is the way it is and it was never meant to be altered in any way. This black snake that is threatening our water is going to affect everyone using the Missouri River south of where they intend to establish it. Should it fail, it will poison our water and we won’t ever be able to drink, bathe, or cook with it again. Everything our ancestors ever fought for will almost be for nothing. Experiencing this run and actually being a part of something bigger than myself has...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Featured

Protecting Water from Big Oil by Matt Remle

Protecting Water from Big Oil by Matt Remle

On April 24th, runners set forth from Cannonball, ND, on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe reservation, to embark on a 500-mile relay run to deliver a message to the Army Corp of Engineers that they “resist the construction of a pipeline from crossing beneath sacred water needed for life.” Opposition against the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline, has spread significantly after the pipeline backer, Texas based Energy Transfer, received its permit for construction approved in Iowa in early March, despite fierce opposition from Iowa farmers and land owners.   Energy Transfer had previously had its permits for construction approved by the states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, the other states the pipeline will cross, despite opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others. The Dakota Access Pipeline, if built, would carry Bakken crude oil from Northwestern North Dakota to distribution hub in Illinois where it would be routed to the gulf coast for export. Far from being a jobs creator, Energy Transfer’s...

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Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Featured

Secret Klamath Dam Discussions Part 2: Endangered Suckers Dead on Lost River by Kayla Godowa-Tufti

Secret Klamath Dam Discussions Part 2: Endangered Suckers Dead on Lost River by Kayla Godowa-Tufti

Secret Klamath Dam Discussions: Part 2: Endangered Suckers Dead on Lost River (Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon) April 26th 2016 Dozens of endangered Lost River and short nose suckers trapped and dying in pools below Anderson Rose Dam were found by volunteers of a conservation organization Sunday, April 24th. The US Bureau of Reclamation shut off significant flows of water down the Lost River in the Upper Klamath Basin. The result has stranded critically endangered fish attempting to swim upstream to spawn. The endangered suckers are intended to be protected under the Klamath Tribes Treaty of 1864 and are of extreme cultural significance to the Tribes. No news release has been issued nor any legal enforcement enacted by the Klamath Tribes regarding the current condition of the endangered suckers. “For years, politicians and federal agencies have focused on glad-handing and declaring mission accomplished in the Klamath Basin, while conditions for fish and wildlife have continued to get worse,” said Steve Pedery, Conservation Director for Oregon Wild. “This stranding and fish...

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