Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Featured

Water Protectors to Flood the Streets of Downtown LA Calling to #DivestLA !

Water Protectors to Flood the Streets of Downtown LA Calling to #DivestLA !

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Water Protectors to Flood the Streets of Downtown LA Calling to #DIVESTLA! Friday, March 10th WHEN: 11am Friday, March 10, 2017 WHERE: March begins at Pershing Square through LA’s Financial District to Hope and 3rd -Rally in front of Wells Fargo, continue to Grand Park, end at the west steps of City Hall to Rally. WHY: We are calling on the City Council of Los Angeles to cut financial ties with Wells Fargo to DIVESTLA and join with Seattle, Santa Monica and Davis, CA in Defunding DAPL. VISUALS include: Giant inflatable pipeline and more TBA LOS ANGELES – On Friday, March 10th, Angelenos will be marching in solidarity with the Standing Rock Defund DAPL and Standing Rock sister march in D.C. We’re calling on the Los Angeles City Council to Divest from Wells Fargo and end any association with banks that fund projects undermining vulnerable people. Wells Fargo was sued in 2012 for targeting people of color to foreclose on their homes, then continued to demonstrate...

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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

San Francisco Takes First Steps Towards  Defunding DAPL by Jacqueline Fielder

San Francisco Takes First Steps Towards Defunding DAPL by Jacqueline Fielder

San Francisco is taking its first steps to divest $1 billion from DAPL and break up with Bank of America. Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, with Supervisor Hillary Ronen cosponsoring, will introduce a resolution on Tuesday urging the San Francisco Treasurer to include a DAPL screen in the Socially Responsible Investment Matrix. The resolution also directs the Budget & Legislative Analyst to explore alternative cash management contractors that are not Bank of America. Stay tuned for an invite to mobilize to the next SFBoS meeting (3/14) where they will vote on this resolution. We need it to pass unanimously, so also stay tuned for directions and a script to call the Board. The City currently invests over $1 billion with financial institutions financing the Energy Transfer family of companies. This DAPL screen would NOT be an immediate trigger to divest. Additionally, Bank of America oversees over $10 billion in City funds each year. This resolution does NOT break up with Bank of America, it directs the Budget & Legislative Analyst...

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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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