Activists from Spokane Washington protesting the bomb trains!


Activists from Spokane Washington protesting the bomb trains! The group is called the raging grannies!!! They were arrested and at the arraignment one pleaded “not guilty by sanity!” The other women are pleading “not guilty by reason of necessity.”

​These women are our heroes! thank you!

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Protests, legal actions hamper Dakota Access construction

By Patrick C. Miller | August 31, 2016

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) last Friday issued an order denying a request to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline that would carry 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude from western North Dakota to Illinois.

In North Dakota, a protest effort launched by the Standing Rock Reservation Sioux Tribe that has garnered national attention and celebrity backing continued near the town of Cannonball. On Wednesday, several protestors were arrested after one man attached himself to an excavator at a site near where the pipeline will cross the Missouri River.

Last week, North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley—a former U.S. attorney—met with the editorial board of the Grand Forks Herald. He called the protest “unlawful” because it’s taking place without a permit on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land.

“There have been hundreds of criminal acts, violating a variety of state and federal laws,” Wrigley told the Herald. “They include two substantiated cases of lasers being pointed into the cockpits of aircraft coming over. Those are life-threatening federal crimes, and they're being investigated right now.”

He also said that hundreds of protesters—including children—on and next to State Highway 1806 created “a complicated and an extremely dangerous situation.”

At the request of Dakota Access LLC, the company building the pipeline, a federal judge earlier this month issued a temporary restraining order against some members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe from unlawfully interfering with the pipeline’s construction. The judge is expected to make a final decision within the next two weeks.

In addition, the non-profit environmental organization Earth Justice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux in the Washington, D.C., federal district court. It contends that the pipeline would pass under the Missouri River a half a mile upstream of the tribe’s reservation boundary, threatening the drinking water and impacting areas of cultural significance, including sacred sites and burial grounds.

Landowners in Iowa who filed lawsuits challenging the use of eminent domain to seize farm property to construct the pipeline asked the Polk County District Court to halt work until the lawsuits were decided. On Aug. 22, a judge the denied the motion while noting that the IUB had the authority to issue an emergency stay. However, after hearing arguments from both sides, the board denied a motion for an emergency stay.

Once completed, the $3.8 billion, 1,168-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline will carry up to 570,000 barrels of Bakken crude from western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa before terminating at Patoka, Illinois. From there, shippers will be able to access multiple markets, including the Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.

Commenting on the situation Tuesday, Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said polls show that a large majority of American voters support the production of domestic energy resources.

“I think this is a relatively small group of people who have an outsized voice who have a fundamental agenda that’s inconsistent with where the American voter is,” he noted. Gerard added that low energy prices save drivers an average of $500 a year and households an average of $1,300 annually.

“It’s really through this infrastructure that has allowed us to become the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas that’s now driven our carbon emissions to a 20-year low,” he explained. “It’s important to really look at the drivers or motivation behind some of those who are now engaged in trying to stop these infrastructure projects, be it the Dakota (Access) Pipeline or others across the country. Their fundamental view is that we should not have nor transport these reliable, affordable, cleaner-burning forms of energy.”

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When Oil Transport Goes Off the Rails - The New Yorker

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In Loving Memory of Frank Simpkins

 Frank Sullivan

From his friends at PAUSE, we have vowed to all "be Frank" To honor his positive energy and outlook on life, to be passionate about helping the world to be more just and equitable and to "be Frank" when speaking with people about the issue of the environment which Frank held dear. We will continue his legacy with honor and gratitude for all the joy and passion he brought to this world and to those who knew him. We miss you Frank.

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Join us in Telling DEC to Deny Global’s Application for the Tar Sands Heating Facility!

DEC has until June 13 to respond to Global’s application for a heating facility at the Port of Albany. Come tell DEC that approval of this facility will further decrease air quality for South End residents, risk permanently contaminating the Hudson River and put more CO2 into the atmosphere. This is NOT the path to 100% renewable by 2030.

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Railroads balk at making oil disaster plans public

MPR News | August 25, 2015 | Column by Tim Pugmire

Some 300,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil. But almost none of them have been able to see emergency plans the railroads were required to submit by July 1.

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Outgoing DEC leader Joe Martens leaves legacies

Times Union | August 1, 2015 | Column by Fred LeBrun

After four and a half years of hard labor in the current Cuomo administration as Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, Joe Martens at 59 is at last a free man.

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Old oil tanker cars would be stored on Tahawus rail sidings

Times Union | July 29, 2015 | Post by Eric Anderson

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting this morning that the Saratoga and North Creek Railway wants to use miles of rail sidings in Tahawus, Essex County, to store hundreds of old oil tanker cars that won’t meet new safety standards and aren’t likely to be retrofitted. The storage business could produce revenues “in the seven figures” for Iowa Pacific Holdings, SNCRR’s parent firm.

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Inspectors find more oil train defects

Times Union | July 22, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

Kenwood Yard at Albany port hit with 10 safety violations in latest sweep

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Most Recent Oil Train Accidents and Spills Involved ‘Safer’ CPC-1232 Tank Cars

DeSmogBlog | July 23, 2015 | Column by Justin Mikulka

Roosevelt County chief deputy sheriff Corey Reum was one of the first responders to the recent Bakken oil train derailment in Montana, a few miles from the North Dakota border.

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