Dakota Access Pipeline 99 percent finished, says Energy Transfer Partners

February 24, 2017 by  
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After months of protests by Native Americans and supporters worldwide, the Trump administration ignored the pleas of so many American citizens and gave permission for the hotly contested Dakota Access Pipeline to move forward. And Energy Transfer Partners didn’t waste much time doing just that. The group said in a recent statement that the oil pipeline is now 99 percent finished. Federal authorization came earlier in February and Energy Transfer Partners got to work. In March or April, oil could start flowing through the $3.8 billion pipeline, which will transport Bakken crude oil from North Dakota oilfields through the Midwest. The oil will end up at refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. The part of the pipeline that runs so close to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation is the last to be completed. Related: Standing Rock protesters evicted by police at gunpoint White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that the White House is communicating with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In a press briefing yesterday, a reporter asked if the President had been briefed on the Standing Rock situation, and Spicer replied, “Our team has been involved with both the tribe and the governor there, and so we are not only – we are constantly in touch with them. And I think we feel very confident that we will move forward to get the pipeline moving.” But tribe chair Dave Archambault II said Spicer’s claims aren’t true. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement yesterday and quoted Archambault II as saying, “[Spicer’s] claim is absolutely false. We repeatedly asked for meetings with the Trump administration, and never received one until the day they notified Congress that they were issuing the easement. I was on a plane to Washington, D.C. when the easement was issued. It was an insult to me and to the Tribe. I cancelled the meeting upon hearing this news. We have since filed a lawsuit for the immoral and illegal issuance of the easement and suspension of the environmental impact study.” Via Reuters Images via Standing Rock Rising Facebook

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Hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters injured by police attacks at Standing Rock

November 22, 2016 by  
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This weekend, protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline escalated into a violent standoff between demonstrators and police. On Sunday afternoon, the peaceful “water protectors” attempted to move a barricade set up by police on the Highway 1806 bridge. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department, along with National Guard soldiers, responded by firing rubber bullets at close range, bombarding the protestors with tear gas bombs and concussion grenades, and shooting water cannons into the crowd in sub-freezing weather.

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Police brutally attack DAPL demonstrators with tear gas, rubber bullets, and sub-freezing water cannons

November 21, 2016 by  
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As protests over the in-progress Dakota Access Pipeline continue to grow near Standing Rock, North Dakota, demonstrators seek new ways to carry on a peaceful resistance in the face of brutal police force. Late on Sunday afternoon, self-proclaimed ‘water protectors’ attempted to remove the burned out cars police had previously used to barricade the bridge on Highway 1806, partly in an effort to gain visibility along the roadway. Morton County Sheriff’s Department, still supported by supplemental National Guard soldiers from other states, responded by firing rubber bullets into the crowd at close range, exploding tear gas bombs and concussion grenades, and shooting water cannons at the demonstrators despite the sub-freezing night air. The result was a chaotic scene where dozens of wounded protesters were left to ward off hypothermia after being soaked with icy water in 25F weather.

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One million people show solidarity with Dakota Access Pipeline protesters by checking in on Facebook

November 1, 2016 by  
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People are jumping on social media to show their support for the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters. Over one million people checked in to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and Standing Rock, North Dakota on Facebook in an effort to bewilder police. While law enforcement claims they’re not tracking people via Facebook, supporters continue to check in and show solidarity. On Monday, a Facebook post challenged people to back pipeline protesters on the ground and “overwhelm and confuse” law enforcement by checking in to Standing Rock, North Dakota on Facebook. Thousands responded, including the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which said on Facebook , “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is not and does not follow Facebook check-ins for the protest camp or any location. This claim/rumor is absolutely false.” Related: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters raise over $1 million on GoFundMe This statement didn’t deter the thousands of people who checked in and continue to check in on Facebook. Sacred Stone Camp says they did not start the Facebook movement but in a statement emailed to Mic said checking in is a “great way to express solidarity” and that there is “no doubt that law enforcement monitor communications and comb social media for incriminating material.” They also noted there are many other actions people can take beyond a Facebook check in. They asked people to consider their own consumption of fossil fuels , and get involved with environmental or indigenous struggles near their own homes. They called on CitiBank, Mizho Bank, and the Bank of Tokyo to deny the Dakota Access Pipeline a $1.1 billion loan. Supporters of the protesters can also contribute to legal defense on FundRazr or donate to Sacred Stone Camp on GoFundMe . Sacred Stone Camp also called for more people to actually come to Standing Rock, saying “We also need 10,000 to 100,000 people to join us here on the ground. Now.” Via The Guardian and Mic Images via Fibonacci Blue on Flickr and Sacred Stone Camp Facebook

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A massive Celtic cross made out of thousands of trees has secretly sprouted up in an Irish forest

November 1, 2016 by  
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Passengers flying over Ireland ’s County Donegal have been struck by a curious formation in the treetops , posting their findings to social media and gaining the public’s attention. It seems some crafty person has quietly planted two different varieties of trees within this massive forest , creating the image of a gigantic Celtic cross from above. Aerial shots have been taken by passengers flying into the City of Derry Airport, prompting UTV Northern Ireland to take flyover footage of the scene. The team discovered the emblem was created by local man Liam Emmery, a late forester in the area. Emmery passed away in 2010, but not before planting the differing tree types in the iconic formation. UTV reports , “Even his family knew little about his creation.” Related: Zero-carbon housing development welcomes its first families in North Ireland Apparently, the cross has been visible for a few years, yet this year’s particularly dry autumn has made the light yellow colors of the trees pop against the surrounding greenery. The cross is estimated to be 300 feet long and contain thousand of trees. Gareth Austin, a local horticulturist, told UTV, “We’re going to be appreciating this for the next sixty or seventy years.” Via Atlas Obscura , ITV Images via UTV (screenshot)

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North Dakota state of emergency turns peaceful pipeline protest into a hostile military affair

September 14, 2016 by  
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Environmentalists and civil rights activists across the country celebrated September 9, 2016 when the Obama administration overrode a federal judge to halt the controversial $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline . The reprieve came just days after security workers used trained dogs to attack peaceful protesters , leaving several wounded and bloody. A key aspect of the story has escaped much of the media coverage, though: Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a state of emergency nearly two weeks earlier and activated 100 National Guard troops on September 8, one day prior to the decision, effectively turning a peaceful protest into a hostile, military affair. The shutdown is being celebrated as a victory in the saga of the North Dakota pipeline protest , which has pitted native Americans against corporate interests for weeks. The pipeline was planned to carry oil from just north of land owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota to Illinois, where it would hook up to an existing pipeline and route crude directly to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast. The protest brought members of 200 or so tribes together in an unprecedented show of solidarity, and the movement was peaceful until the security firm working on behalf of the oil company began attacking protesters with trained dogs on September 3. Related: US government temporarily blocked North Dakota Access Pipeline By then, law enforcement were already working under an emergency declaration. Dalrymple issued the declaration on August 19, citing public safety as the motivation to tap into as much as $1 million in additional funding for local law enforcement agencies over the course of several weeks. The protest site did see an increase in uniformed officers, but police were nowhere to be found when the oil company’s private security firm used trained dogs to viciously attack protesters on September 3. In fact, the local police refused to acknowledge that security dogs had injured anyone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuZcx2zEo4k The concern now has shifted, as the fight’s primary objective is no longer to defend the environment but rather to protect civil rights on the most basic level, including the freedom to peaceably assemble and protest. The freedom of the press has also been drawn into question, as North Dakota authorities issued an arrest warrant for Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman , the independent reporter who interviewed protesters on the front lines more than a week ago and captured dog attacks on video. She now faces charges for criminal trespassing, a Class B misdemeanor, as authorities say she crossed onto private property while covering the event. One protester has also been charged, in a double-whammy attack against the free press and freedom of speech from individual citizens. Learn more about the Dakota Access Pipeline in our guide here . Via ACLU and Reuters Images via Fibonacci Blue/Flickr and  Carl Wycoff/Flickr

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Protestors arrested as Dakota Access Pipeline company pledges to continue construction

September 13, 2016 by  
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The company behind the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline , which would extend across 1,168 miles and four US states, has stated it plans to  move forward with the project . This announcement comes on the heels of worldwide protests and after the US government stepped in to temporarily block construction on federal land. Some protestors, who locked themselves to construction machinery, were arrested on Tuesday after causing construction to grind to a halt. Last Friday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Standing Rock Sioux tribal leaders to halt the pipeline ’s construction, only to have the US government block the undertaking moments later. This has not shaken Energy Transfer , the company behind the pipeline, whose chief executive Kelcy Warren told The Guardian , “We intend to meet with officials in Washington to understand their position and reiterate our commitment to bring the Dakota Access Pipeline into operation.” Related: Oil company sics attack dogs on Native American protestors in North Dakota The claims that “tremendous safety factors” are in place to prevent any potential leaks and damage to the environment or local water supplies are not swaying protesters, who have assembled in the US, Europe, Japan, and New Zealand in opposition of the project. According to Red Warrior Camp , while construction has been halted in the 40 miles surrounding Lake Oahe, it continues unimpeded elsewhere along the pipeline pathway. On Tuesday, protestors locked themselves to construction equipment, resulting in law enforcement arriving with rifles and riot gear and 20 “water protectors” being arrested. “It is unfortunate that the corporate world chooses to ignore the millions of people and hundreds of tribal nations who stand in opposition to the destruction of our lands, resources , waters, and sacred sites,” expressed Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. “Our fight isn’t over until there is permanent protection of our people and resources from the pipeline.” Via The Guardian  and Red Warrior Camp Images via Red Warrior Camp  and Sacred Stone Camp

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Oil company sics attack dogs on Native American protestors in North Dakota

September 7, 2016 by  
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A protest against a proposed oil pipeline turned violent on Saturday as Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners unleashed pepper spray and attack dogs against a group of Native American activists. The protesters have been attempting the halt the construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that would cut directly through their tribal land and sacred burial grounds in North Dakota . At least six protesters have suffered bites from security dogs, including a young child, according to Standing Rock Sioux tribe spokesman Steve Sitting Bear. In addition, at least 30 people were pepper sprayed. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office reports injuries on their side as well, with four private security guards and two guard dogs injured in the clash. There were no law enforcement officers present during the incident, and no arrests were made. The construction project is currently being considered by a federal judge, who is expected to rule on the Dakota Access oil pipeline on September 9th. Permits have already been granted to the developers by the Army Corps of Engineers, however, activists claim that the project will destroy their sacred sites and potentially poison drinking water used by 8,000 tribe members. Related: The Keystone-style pipeline you probably didn’t know about To add insult to injury, the tribe has only recently been given access to the land in question to survey it, delaying their ability to take legal action. Already, the tribe has accused construction crews of removing topsoil from an area 2 miles long, overturning ancient cairns and stone prayer rings on an ancestral burial site. Tribe Chairman David Archambault II said in a statement, “In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.” The protests are said to be the largest gathering of Native Americans in over a century, with members of over 90 tribes lending their support. Via RawStory Images via Tomas Alejo

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Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

October 11, 2013 by  
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A farmer in North Dakota noticed something funny going on in his wheat field in late September. At first, he could only smell what he suspected was crude oil , but within a few days it began gushing up out of the ground, spreading across over 7 acres of his property. The pipeline, owned by Tesoro Corp, is estimated to have spilled 20,600 barrels over the course of a few short days. The spill is among the largest ever recorded in the state. Read the rest of Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: broken oil pipeline , environmental cleanup , midwest , north dakota , oil industry , oil spill , oil spill cleanup , wheat field        

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John Maniscalco’s Butterfly House is a Rebuilt Midcentury Home Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge

October 11, 2013 by  
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