Native American tribe is fighting against the Pilgrim Pipeline in New Jersey

January 2, 2017 by  
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As oil and gas companies race to plan more pipelines to criss-cross America, conservationists are similarly ramping up their efforts to resist the environmentally destructive projects, and one such controversy in New Jersey is heating up quickly . The planned Pilgrim Pipeline would carry crude oil back and forth along the 178 miles from Albany, New York, to New Jersey’s Linden Harbor. The pipeline’s proposed route cuts through forests and a drinking water reservoir, prompting members of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation to organize a resistance camp, similar to the months-long backlash against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota. While that struggle has been long and difficult, the Ramapough Lunaape in New Jersey will face a different and perhaps even more challenging fight against corporate interests, for a number of reasons. As is often the case with resistance efforts led by indigenous people , the Ramapough Lunaape must first defend their right to protest. Last week, the New Jersey town of Mahwah issued summonses against the protesters for setting up a camp and erecting protest signs without permits, even though the activity is all taking place on tribal land. One of the key obstacles for the Ramapough Lunaape is that their nation is not recognized by the federal government, so they are not protected in the same way. The Ramapough Lunaape Nation is instead only recognized at the state level in New Jersey and New York. It doesn’t take an expert to understand how this issue will complicate their fight against the proposed pipeline . Related: US Army blocks Dakota Access Pipeline in major victory for protesters The tribe has made numerous attempts to gain federal recognition, but those efforts have all failed. One such bid, in 1993, was struck down after Donald Trump (yep, that guy) campaigned against the nation’s recognition in order to eliminate the possibility of competition for his casino in Atlantic City. The tribe hasn’t given up, though, and an ongoing petition is still active to collect signature in support of adding the Ramapough Lunaape Nation to the list of federal recognized tribes. The Pilgrim Pipeline has been in planning for more than two years, and local communities along its proposed route have been protesting the whole time. The planned route would loosely follow the New York State Thruway and I-287 and then through North Jersey’s environmentally sensitive Highlands. Protesters are worried about the pipeline’s proximity to the Highlands reservoirs, which provide water to 5 million New Jersey residents. Much like other pipeline projects across the country, the developers Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings have pledged to go “full steam ahead” despite the environmental and public health concerns. Via Grist Images via Northjersey Pipeline Walkers and  Pilgrim Pipeline

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Ford to unveil new driverless Fusion Hybrid at CES

January 2, 2017 by  
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Ford is revving up the future of autonomous vehicles with its new Fusion Hybrid . The second-generation Fusion is a departure from previous self-driving cars we’ve seen in testing. Ford opted to disguise the sensors and cameras that aid the Fusion in its operation, resulting in a sleeker body that looks more like a “regular car” than a car of the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI1kf-a-pVo With just a few teaser images released so far, Ford is intentionally building up suspense for the full unveiling, which is planned for CES 2017 in Las Vegas later this month. Ford’s chief engineer for the autonomous vehicle program, Chris Brewer, elaborated on the technological advances in a post on Medium . The second-generation driverless Ford Fusion, he says, can “see” two football fields of distance in every direction, and its advanced field of vision means it requires fewer sensors than previous models. Related: Ford’s self-driving car will have no steering wheel, gas pedal, or brakes Ford also announced that it will expand its self-driving test fleet from 30 cars to around 90 in 2017, a big leap forward after just three years of development. The car maker is currently testing autonomous vehicles in California, Arizona, and Michigan, and will soon roll out pilot programs in the United Kingdom and Germany as well. Via The Verge Images via Ford

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Self-inflating HEXA raft automatically deploys upon contact with water

January 2, 2017 by  
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At sea, situations often emerge where crew and passengers have to quickly evacuate the vessel, causing panic, and jeopardizing safety and organization. To help simplify such scenarios, designers Yoo JiIn and Lee Ji Sang created HEXA, a six-sided life raft that automatically activates upon contact with water. In order to be deployed, HEXA requires only that it be dropped in the water where it automatically self-inflates into a life-saving device. Six inflatable sections allow people to climb onto the raft. In addition to the efficiency of its design, the device also sends a RFID signal that can help rescue teams pin point its location. Related: The SeaKettle is a Raft + Water Purifier That Could Save Your Life Various survival supplies like food, drinkable water, flares and lifejackets are available inside the center of the pod, providing survivors with all the essential things which will allow them to survive while waiting to be rescued. Via Yanko Design

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Oregon man donates tiny homes to Standing Rock water protectors

November 24, 2016 by  
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The Standing Rock protest began in April when members from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe began to protest against the $3.7 billion oil pipeline that would cross over native burial grounds and most likely contaminate their primary source of drinking water. Related: US veteran group forms unarmed militia to defend Standing Rock protestors Along with most of the world, Musselwhite and his neighbors in rural Oregon were appalled after seeing authorities attack the DAPL protestors with rubber bullets, tear gas, concussion grenades, and water cannons. In response, the close-knit Yale Creek community organized a fund-raising event, Shelter for the Storm , to build three wooden cabins with stand-alone solar systems to deliver to a few of the protestors. With temperatures already below freezing, Musselwhite and his team worked quickly to build the shelters. Good samaritans donated and milled five trees, which were either already dead or dying, for the lumber, and local businesses donated additional materials. In just three weeks, the team built three 144-square-foot modular homes . Musselwhite hit the road with a volunteer Teamster trucker, who drove the materials on a 35-foot flatbed truck. Three days and 1,500 miles later, the duo arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota with the shelters, along with three donated woodstoves, a stand-alone solar energy system donated by True South Solar , and a variety of food donations. Once they arrived, onsite volunteers began to assemble the structures while others passed out food and coffee. The first shelter has already been designated for Mni Wiconi, the first baby born at the protest site. Her name is the Lakota phrase for “Water is Life”. Via Yes Magazine Images via Matt Musselwhite, Shelter for the Storm and True South Solar Facebook pages

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US veteran group forms unarmed militia to defend Standing Rock protestors

November 23, 2016 by  
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After months of violent clashes between demonstrators and police during the standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline, it looks like protestors may be getting some protection from US veterans. Business Insider is reporting that Wes Clark Jr, a former Army officer and activist, has issued a call to arms ( Veterans Stand for Standing Rock ) to fellow veterans to come to the protestors’ aid on December 4, 2016. California-based Clark Jr., along with Marine Corps veteran and former Baltimore police officer Michael A. Wood Jr., started the Veterans for Standing Rock group in early November with the goal of mobilizing US veterans, fire fighters, ex-law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel, and other former civil servants as a “peaceful and unarmed militia” to assist the protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Related: Hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters injured by police attacks at Standing Rock “We are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, United States Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and we are calling for our fellow veterans to assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Dec 4-7 and defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security.” The Standing Rock protest first emerged in April this year and has since attracted thousands of Native Americans and concerned citizens from across the country. The protestors continue to rally against the $3.7 billion oil pipeline, which would not only cross over native burial grounds, but potentially contaminate the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe . The Morton County Sheriff’s Department, along with National Guard soldiers, have attacked DAPL protestors with rubber bullets, tear gas bombs, concussion grenades, and water cannons, resulting in countless injuries. A UN investigation into human rights abuses is currently underway. According to the “operations order” posted on the veterans’ page, “The First Americans have served in the Unites States Military, defending the soil of our homelands, at a greater percentage than any other group of Americans. There is no other people more deserving of veteran support.” The organizers recommend bringing “body armor, gas masks, earplugs and shooting mufflers” to the site, but clearly state the need for peace and order, declaring that hate, violence or divisive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.  The group’s GoFundMe Page has raised almost $70,000 of its $200,000 fundraising goal. + Veterans Stand for Standing Rock Via Business Insider Images via Standing Rock Rising , Veterans Stand for Standing Rock , Dallas Goldtooth/Twitter and AJ+/Twitter

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Dakota Access Pipeline protesters raise over $1 million on GoFundMe

October 31, 2016 by  
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Back in April, North Dakota Access Pipeline protesters started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for basic camp needs like blankets and food. Now the crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1 million. As the camp prepares for the cold North Dakota winter , when temperatures often hover below freezing, they’re asking for supplies like winter clothes and sleeping bags. Protester Howaste Wakiya started the official Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe page on April 19 on behalf of one of the camp founders, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard. He wrote, “This is a prayer camp movement to save our sacred land and water and has been entirely supported by the people and the campers.” Related: Armed police arrest 141 protesters over Dakota Access Pipeline Donations began to roll in as the camp grew. Wakiya reported in an update on the GoFundMe page two months ago that the camp swelled from 50 people to 2,000 people in just a week. As law enforcement arrested protesters, funds gathered on the page also began to go towards bail and court costs. About a month ago, Wakiya wrote an update saying that as the camp readies itself for winter, they needed supplies like wood stoves and teepee liners. The camp has been able to use some wind and solar power , but according to the Sacred Stone Camp website have only limited means of generating such clean energies. Just this week Wakiya requested 40 additional solar panels. The camp is asking for firewood as one of their ” biggest winter needs .” Sacred Stone Camp has an Amazon wishlist which includes items like a snow thrower, log splitter, and wind turbine generator kit. There’s also a FundRazr page to raise money for legal defense. Over 15,000 people have contributed over $800,000 out of a goal of $1 million. + Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe + Sacred Stone Camp Images via Tony Webster on Flickr and Sacred Stone Camp Facebook

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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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