Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Featured

Bill to Limit Oil Spill Reporting Advances in North Dakota

Bill to Limit Oil Spill Reporting Advances in North Dakota

North Dakota – A bill to set limits on oil spill reporting has been passed through the North Dakota state House of Representatives. If approved, House Bill 1151 would allow for companies to conceal any spills of oil, natural gas, and/or contaminated water. Specifically, it would, “end a requirement that fossil fuel companies report spills at well sites of less than 10 barrels, or 420 gallons.” The bill unanimously passed that House and has moved onto the State Senate who will began hearings on HB 1151 on March 9th. According to the Associated Press, from a two-year span starting in January 2012, North Dakota experienced over 300 oil spills and 750 “oil field incidents”. by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Featured

Suppressed Memo Shows Army Corps Failures in Reviewing the Dakota Access Pipeline

Suppressed Memo Shows Army Corps Failures in Reviewing the Dakota Access Pipeline

On January 24th, the Trump administration directed the Army Corps of Engineers to stop its Environmental Impact Statement and fast-track the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline [DAPL]. Shortly after, four memos that were highly critical of the Army Corps of Engineers and Energy Transfer Partners many failures relating to the DAPL and lack of consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were pulled from the Interior Departments web-page. According to MINNPOST the memos, written by Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins, “details many failures of the Corps and of Energy Transfer Partners, which is building the project, to meet the requirements of federal law in dealing with the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes.” Some findings from the memo’s include: The Corps ultimately rejected the Bismarck route due in large part to its proximity to a central municipality and to “multiple conservation easements, habitat management areas, National Wildlife Refuges, state trust lands, waterfowl production areas, and private tribal lands.” The Corps also noted that the Bismarck route crossed or was in...

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Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Featured

Europeans Press for Divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline and Fossil Fuels

Europeans Press for Divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline and Fossil Fuels

March 6 2017 – For Immediate Release: First fruits of the Geneva mobilization for Standing Rock and the Climate at the Swiss Credit Bank: The bank was forced to recognize its important stake in the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the UNIA trade union of Geneva has asked its pension fund to divest. The Swiss Credit Bank is the biggest funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) – destructive project relaunched by the Trump regime – financing $1,4 billion out of a total of $3.8 billion. Several organizations and 150 people rallied thursday, 2nd of March 2017, in front of Swiss Credit headquarters in Geneva to denounce its decisive involvement in the expulsion of the Sioux Lakota at Standing Rock and to demand that the project be stopped Thursday, the bank was forced to recognise the importance of its share in the DAPL, after having until then tried to deny it. It also recognised that the loans were issued following a «sustainability» evaluation using criteria even less rigourous than the...

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Featured

Norwegian Private Investment Manager Divest $34.8 Million from firms Tied to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Norwegian Private Investment Manager Divest $34.8 Million from firms Tied to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Norway – A Norwegian private investor is divesting $34.8 million from companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline. According to the Guardian, “Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager with $68bn in assets, sold off $34.8m worth of shares in Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Enbridge, the company announced Wednesday. The three companies are partial owners of the pipeline.” “We hope that our actions and the actions of other like minded investors in either divesting or calling for an alternative [pipeline] route will make some sort of an impact.” Matthew Smith Storebrand A growing movement to divest from banks and companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline and Energy Transfer has been steadily growing after the Seattle City Council voted on February 7th to divest $3 billion from Wells Fargo due to its ties to the Dakota Access pipeline. by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle-...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured

Oklahoma Bill Seeks to Impose Heavy Fines and Long Jail Sentences for those Protesting “Critical Infrastructure”

Oklahoma Bill Seeks to Impose Heavy Fines and Long Jail Sentences for those Protesting “Critical Infrastructure”

Oklahoma City – On February 22nd, a bill seeking to levy heavy fines and long prison sentences against individuals and groups protesting “critical infrastructure” passed through the Oklahoma House of Representatives committee. HB 1123, sponsored by Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, seeks to impose up to $100,000 in fines and 10 years in prison for people involved in actions against “critical infrastructure.” Critical infrastructure covered by the law include, “refineries, electric generation and transmission facilities, natural gas processing and transportation facilities, telecommunications facilities, crude oil storage, rail lines and transportation facilities, and certain manufacturing plants.” The bill specifies three levels of criminal “trespass” on critical infrastructure. Level one, would be a misdemeanor that would be punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and six months in county jail. Level two, would be a would be a felony punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and one year in prison for, “intent … to willfully damage, destroy, vandalize, deface, tamper with equipment, or impede or inhibit operations of the facility” Level...

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