Breaking: Dakota Access Pipeline public comment period open -- take action
A year ago, the Dakota Access Pipeline seemed inevitable. But you helped show the world what it means to build a movement.
On April 1, 2016, LaDonna Bravebull Allard took a stand and founded the Sacred Stone Camp. 15,000 Water Protectors joined her on the ground where their prayers and songs were met by a forceful militarized police response. Millions more sent letters to the White House and rallied around the country. Following a major victory for Water Protectors in December, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) was forced to stop construction of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux's ancestral homelands until an environmental review is conducted that includes public input. Still, ETP isn't about to give up their $3.8 billion pipeline without a fight. https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0066309&id=70131000001Lp1FAAS
Attorneys representing the Dakota Access Pipeline recently tried to prevent the environmental review process from moving forward by seeking a Temporary Restraining Order from the federal court. Their resistance to this environmental review and public comment period confirms what we already know: the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a serious threat to Indigenous rights, biodiversity, water, and the environment.
The 1,168-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, if completed, would carry 450,000 barrels of fracked oil every day through four states. It would cut through communities, farms, sensitive natural areas, wildlife habitat, and tribal lands like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's ancestral lands. It would also cross under the Missouri River just upstream of the Tribe's drinking water supply, where a spill would mean a serious threat to the Tribe's health, culture, and way of life.