US Army Corps of Engineers Attorney’s Response to Tribal Brief Is Insulting

The attorney representing the US Army Corps of Engineers practically insulted the Standing Rock Sioux in his response to the brief they filed a US Circuit Court.

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US Army Corps of Engineers Attorney’s Response to Tribal Brief Is Insulting

The attorney representing the US Army Corps of Engineers practically insulted the Standing Rock Sioux in his response to the brief they filed the US Circuit Court. On Monday, The Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River tribes filed a brief requesting that the Dakota Access Pipeline be shut down until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a further environmental review, as ordered by US Circuit Court Judge James Boasberg.

Earlier this year, Judge Boasberg ruled that an environmental impact review by the US Army Corps of Engineers was insufficient because it failed to take into account the effect the pipeline would have on tribal fishing and hunting rights. He ordered the US Army Corps of Engineers to do a complete environmental impact review, saying that a shutdown of the pipeline was an option that he would consider if the Corps of Engineers did not follow his ruling. This was viewed as a small victory for the tribal leaders. Even though a shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline didn’t happen, the judge’s statement that the show that he meant business and that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should take him seriously.

The insult by the Corp’s attorney came with his response to the tribal brief when he said, ordering a shutdown “would be inconsistent with the circuit precedent and would result in undue hardship and additional risks and concerns for the federal government, the pipeline owner, and the public.”

As a member of the public, I greatly resent this ambulance chaser using my name as a method to put off this tribe that the brief, which I am in total support. How dare he used the name of the “public” to somehow justify the US Army Corps of Engineers blatant abuse of the Standing Rock Sioux?

Also, the part about how a shutdown would create “undue hardship” to the owners of the pipeline is also total bullshit. Notice how he neglects to mention the hardship that will because if the pipeline were to leak a large quantity of oil into the Standing Rock Sioux’s water supply, causing irreparable damage to it. Also, what about the hardship this would create for those of us who share this environment?

Once again a corporation tries to give itself the same rights as a citizen; something which is complete bullshit because corporations are not citizens, despite the asinine ruling of the US Supreme Court.

 

A Small Victory for Activists Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

“It’s the first glimmer of hope, of good news, that we’ve had out here for weeks—months.” Source: Activists say Dakota Access Pipeline could be put on hold for 30 days A Small Victory for Activists Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Activists who oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, in North Dakota, have won a …
Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

A judge’s ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a “game changer” for North Dakota oil. Source: Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline surprises oil industry Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access …

 

Energy Transfer Partners Shows Themselves to Be Liars (Again)

Once again, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) the company that drilled the Dakota Access Pipeline, shows themselves to be liars again.

Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio…
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Energy Transfer Partners Shows Themselves to Be Liars (Again)

Once again, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) the company that drilled the Dakota Access Pipeline, shows themselves to be liars again. This time, the company is lying about (or tried to) a pipeline they are drilling in the state of Ohio. This time, they are trying to lie about spilling drilling fluid into the pristine wetlands of Ohio.

Even though Energy Transfer Partners claims that drilling fluid is non-toxic and will not hurt the wetlands, the Ohio EPA and environmentalists say otherwise. ETP claims that drawing fluid consists of mostly bentonite, which they claim is harmless because it is a form of clay and occurs naturally. On the other hand, the Ohio EPA and environmentalists claim otherwise, saying that the consistency of the drilling fluid is harmful to wetlands because it has the potential to smother wildlife if ingested.

Drilling fluid is used to keep drill bits cool and transport waste materials from the drilling hole. What Energy Transfer Partners doesn’t say is that drilling fluid is also composed of different minerals and chemicals that are potentially harmful. Once again they have shown themselves to be a corporation that cannot and should not be trusted. Like most corporations, Energy Transfer Partners chooses to lie to the public and hide their activities because they know they are causing harm to the environment.

The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Kelcy Warren cannot figure out why his company has been the subject of so much criticism. He also says that he finds the criticism to not only be unfair but personally hurtful. Oh, poor baby! He has to be kidding!

His corporation was guilty of many transgressions in the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. His company was not only guilty of violating the civil rights and tribal sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux, and their supporters. They have clearly shown that all they really care about is making a profit, just like the rest of corporate America.

He and his entire corporation rode roughshod over the environment and Native Americans living there and risked ruining their entire water supply; something which may still happen if the pipeline leaks, which it has already.

The question I ask is, how long are these corporations, especially companies like Energy Transfer Partners who are in the industry of an obsolete technology like fossil fuels going to be allowed to continue ruining the planet we live on?

 

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Blatant Abuse Of Force

Dakota Access Pipeline: A Blatant Abuse Of Force The Dakota Access Pipeline is the most blatant abuse of force since the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.  It is probably the most blatant misuse of force used against Native Americans since the siege of Wounded Knee in the 70s. This demonstration resembles the protests …
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More Lobbyists To Be Involved with Dakota Access Pipeline Decision

Judge James Boasberg said he might also allow other national energy and manufacturing groups to weigh in on the final decision about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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More Lobbyists To Be Involved with Dakota Access Pipeline Decision

Judge James Boasberg said he might also allow other national energy and manufacturing groups to weigh in on the final decision about the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribal representatives and attorneys have voiced no objection to this decision. As those of you have followed this controversy involving the Dakota Access Pipeline may know, US District Judge James Boasberg has already ruled that he may stop the flow of oil through the pipeline.

Judge Boasberg has already ruled that the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux nation may not have been properly considered in the decision to go forward with the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe says that this pipeline violates their tribal sovereignty by being built across sacred lands, but also threatens the tribe’s water supply. Judge Boasberg is also the judge to refuse to stop the construction of the pipeline in the first place. This entire mess would have been solved at that time if Judge Boasberg would have shown some guts to stand up to the oil industry, especially Energy Transfer Partners.

These latter two points should be a no-brainer for anyone who has followed the controversy surrounding the building of the pipeline. In fact, the wishes of the Standing Rock Sioux nation have been trampled, let alone violated. The pipeline is built across a land that is considered sacred and undoubtedly threatens their water supply because it is built under a lake which supplies the tribe with potable water. This is something that Judge Boasberg should have seen from the beginning. I believe he actually did see this but chose to look the other way as the tribe’s rights were being given no consideration by anyone.

It seems that it is rather late to consider the needs of the Standing Rock Sioux since the Dakota Access Pipeline has already been built and has had oral flowing through it since June 1. Where was Judge Boasberg then when he would have done some good on behalf of the tribe?

If anything, Judge Boasberg should give a ruling that would allow more pro-alternative energy advocates to have a voice in a matter that threatens the ecology of this entire region. It seems like it is a little late to involve anyone after the pipeline has always been built and is in use. This entire thing reminds me of the old saying about closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.

If the US District Court Judge Boasberg makes any type of ruling, it should be for the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline. However, since that will cost these already wealthy oil companies more money, that is very unlikely.

 

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Threat to Native American Rights

Dakota Access Pipeline: Threat to Native American Rights The Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest threat to Native American sovereignty that has happened in a while.  Unfortunately, the “mainstream media” has failed to give it much attention.  As usual, when they do give out any information about the Dakota Access …

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Energy Transfer Partners Used Counterterrorist Security Firm Against Protesters

Leaked docs reveal the collusion between local police forces, pipeline company, and defense contractors as they executed ‘military-style counterterrorism measures’ to suppress the water protectors

Source: DAPL Company Hired War on Terror Contractors to Suppress Native 5Uprising/a>

Energy Transfer Partners Used Counterterrorist Security Firm Against Protesters

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) used a counter-terrorist security contractor against peaceful protesters and viewed the “Water Protectors” as terrorists. This is a glaring example of how corporate America thinks it is acceptable to use whatever means it feels necessary to oppress the average citizen who is guilty of nothing more than trying to stop, in this case, a pipeline that not only poses a threat to their way of life but the environment that we all share.

This also shows that Energy Transfer Partners’ level of paranoia about the injustice they were perpetrating against Native Americans was at an all-time high. In a weird way, this thing could be viewed as some type of strange validation for the “water protectors” and their supporters. In most ways, however, it should be viewed as an overreaction mostly fueled by guilt.

The fact that Energy Transfer Partners was willing to stoop so low as to hire what amounts to “mercenaries” to push their agenda against The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sets a dangerous precedent if they are allowed to get away with it, which they probably will. The precedent is that corporate America is allowed to do whatever it wants to force his agenda upon people who may not agree with it. Allowing a corporation to use “hired guns” to push an agenda or policy is as dangerous as it was back in the late 1800s-early 1900s when coal company operators were allowed to use violence to suppress dissenters. It was this type of reckless behavior that led to the infamous Ludlow Massacre.

As we know, some of the Water Protectors were injured by these hired “security forces” (a.k.a. mercenaries). The use of private security forces by Energy Transfer Partners allows them to possibly escape any type of civil suit that might be filed against him, especially by people who were injured by these “security forces”. It just confuses the mix of different police forces, sheriff’s deputies, national guardsmen, and others involved in policing the situation. It will make it very confusing for any lawyer representing the water protesters and supporters, to properly file a lawsuit because they won’t know what names to put on the subpoena. It has the same effect as allowing police forces to wear masks to cover their faces and disguise their identities.

To use the same type of security at this protest by people who were trying to protect their way of life and the well-being of their families is what one might use to protect a facility against terrorists, does a huge disservice to these Native Americans.

It puts them in the same class as the people who were guilty of killing innocent people in the World Trade Center, and other places that have been attacked by terrorists. The bosses at Energy Transfer Partners should be ashamed of themselves for putting these innocent people in the same class as if they were a member of ISIS or Al Qaeda.

More accurately, these people should be described as freedom fighters and citizens who are worthy of consideration and respect by everyone. They deserve huge credit for their willingness to stand up and fight against corporate oppression; something which few others have the courage to do.

Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

A judge’s ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a “game changer” for North Dakota oil.

Source: Ruling on Dakota Access pipeline surprises oil industry

Judge Gives Favorable Ruling Against The Dakota Access Pipeline

 

US District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled in favor of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in a ruling that could temporarily shut down The Dakota Access Pipeline.  The judge ruled that the US Army Corps of Engineers had not taken all factors into consideration when they ruled that the pipeline could continue to be built.

In his ruling, he said that the adverse effects on the Standing Rock Sioux’s hunting and fishing rights were not taken into consideration when the Corps of Engineers made their decision.  He said this lack of consideration could cause the Dakota Access Pipeline to be temporarily closed until the matter was settled.

Throughout the fight against that Dakota Access Pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe maintained that the pipeline would adversely affect them because it runs under Lake Oahe, the tribe’s primary source of water.  How could the US Army Corps of Engineers be stupid enough to believe that a pipeline filled with petroleum could not have adverse effects?  I’ll bet if you took the time to look behind the scenes, you would find some money changing hands and some corruption taking place.  Something smells really bad here!

Needless to say, this caused a stir at Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for building and maintaining this controversial pipeline.  Just when they thought they had it all sewn up and in their pockets, this honest judge comes along.  They either did not consider buying him off or he is an honest judge who cannot be bought off.  Good for him!

Hopefully, the worst (or best, depending on how you look at) scenario happens and the Dakota Access Pipeline is shut down.  Even if the shutdown is only temporary, it could potentially be a good thing for the Iowa farmers who are banding together in their attempts to sue to have the pipeline stopped from passing beneath their farmland.  This ruling could buy them some time to pursue their lawsuit in better form.

For a cynic such as myself, it does my heart good to see corporate America suffer a setback, and the common person to prevail, if only for a little while. The Dakota Access Pipeline is an environmental disaster waiting to happen and everyone should know that by now.  Maybe, some justice will prevail and the pipeline will be shut down.

 

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Donald Trump Puts People’s Lives In Danger By Failure to Name Agency Heads

Source: Trump Puts NO ONE In Charge of NOAA or FEMA As Hurricane Season Just Arrived!

Donald Trump Puts People’s Lives in Danger by Failure to Name Agency Heads

President Donald Trump has with many people’s lives in danger by failing to name agency heads for two very important federal agencies, FEMA and NOAA.  These two agencies, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and NOAA (National Oceanographic And Atmospheric Administration) are responsible for protecting the lives of millions of Americans, especially those living in the southeast, where most hurricanes occur each year.  Experts are predicting that this year could be one of the worst hurricane seasons in recent memory.

NOAA, as many people know, are the people responsible for tracking hurricanes and assessing the possible damage done by them.  FEMA is the agency that provides relief and help to victims of natural disasters.  How does Donald Trump think that these two agencies are undeserving of having a person named to lead them?  To add injury to insult, Donald Trump has also proposed that both of these agencies have their budgets cut significantly, as shown in his recently proposed budget.

Hopefully, people living in this particular region will have enough sense to prepare for any natural disaster, particularly a hurricane, in advance because apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t think their safety and well-being is worth spending any federal money on.  I hope these people are ready to go it alone because it’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t give any more of a damn about them than he does the rest of us.  These people should be scared that the two agencies that could very well save their lives are about to be cut.

As someone who lives in “earthquake country”, I know that the thought of life without FEMA certainly does scare me.

 

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Donald Trump Dooms Us To Climate Change

The entire world has signed on, save only Syria and Nicaragua. It appears that Donald Trump now means to expand that group of two to include the United States of America.

Source: Leaving the Paris Agreement Would Be Indefensible

Donald Trump Dooms Us To Climate Change

Just when you think that Donald Trump can’t take a more offensive position about a crucial issue, he does.  This time he has taken a position against both the Paris Accord and the climate change, and undoing years of hard work by the Obama administration, numerous scientists and experts, and the heads of state of other countries who signed on to the Paris Accord.  His actions can be described as nothing less than irresponsible and dangerous.

By pulling the United States out of this landmark treaty, designed to combat global warming and climate change, he is allowing the United States to be put in the back seat behind other countries who have taken progressive actions to fight climate change.  Not to mention, his denial of the existence of climate change, which has been proven to be a fact by 97% of the scientific community, effectively closes the door to the future of the development of renewable energy and the potential for the creation of a huge number of jobs created by this new and upcoming industry.

Donald Trump is allowing his own personal prejudice to hamstring the development of the renewable energy industry in the United States.  If that wasn’t enough, it keeps the pretext of wanting to be a job creator.  Again, he shows himself to be a hypocrite.

By denying that climate change is a fact, Trump shows himself to be just another corporate dinosaur who hates any type of regulation, no matter how necessary it may be.  His laissez-faire capitalist attitude that puts profit before people puts a large portion of the world’s population in danger from climate change, just to make a profit for him and his wealthy friends.

Withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord is the most irresponsible and indefensible position that he has taken thus far.  In taking this action, he has declared war on those of us who believe that climate change is probably the biggest danger facing our planet and its inhabitants.