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Standing Rock Protestors - Sprayed with water in 26 Degrees

 
 
giujohn
 
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Reply Tue 6 Dec, 2016 12:40 pm
@Debra Law,
GOOD!
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giujohn
 
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Reply Tue 6 Dec, 2016 03:16 pm
Blizzard and foot of snow hits protesters...that should thin the herd.
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Wed 7 Dec, 2016 08:46 am
http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/oil-spills-into-ash-coulee-creek/article_2e4068b8-de2e-5fb6-8daa-5505afc7e2a5.html

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Oil spills into Ash Coulee Creek
LAUREN DONOVAN Bismarck Tribune 19 hrs ago

The State Health Department’s spill investigation team was out in blustery conditions Monday and Tuesday, working to contain an oil pipeline spill that has impacted about 2.5 miles of the Ash Coulee Creek and a tributary creek in the badlands.

The spill, of so-far unknown volume, was detected Monday morning by a nearby landowner. Spill investigation program manager Bill Suess said containment booms at five locations were set up at the creek and a skimmer dam that catches oil on the water’s surface was established Tuesday. The spill location is about 16 miles northwest of Belfield.

The pipeline operator is Belle Fourche Pipeline Co., which has a record of 15 spills dating back to 2000, ranging from two barrels to 300 barrels in several oil patch counties, according to department records.

. . . .



I wonder how many leaks are covered up by the companies rather than reported to the regulatory agency.
giujohn
 
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Reply Wed 7 Dec, 2016 10:22 am
@Debra Law,
It's a conspiracy I tells ya!
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Wed 7 Dec, 2016 06:07 pm
‘Colossal damage’: Navajo Nation sues US govt for $160mn over Colorado mine spill

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The Navajo Nation has filed a $160 million lawsuit against the US government for damages and ongoing injuries caused by an August 2015 mine spill which released millions of gallons of toxic waste near the tribe’s territory.

The filing, announced in a Monday press release, claims that the Gold King Mine spill negatively impacted communities along the San Juan River on Navajo Nation territory when it released millions of gallons of toxic waste – including lead, arsenic, and mercury – into the nearby Animas River, ultimately transforming the connecting San Juan River from a “life-giver and protector” to a “threat” to the Navajo people, crops, and animals.

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https://www.rt.com/usa/369306-navajo-nation-epa-lawsuit/

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

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We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins.


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140819-groundwater-california-drought-aquifers-hidden-crisis/

What will we do when all of our fresh water is contaminated and our aquifers drained?

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Debra Law
 
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Reply Wed 7 Dec, 2016 06:19 pm

Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tribes-insight-idUSKBN13U1B1
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Wed 7 Dec, 2016 06:32 pm

Energy Transfer Partners Seeks Court Ruling on Dakota Access Pipeline

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A day after the Obama administration put the brakes on the nearly 1,200 mile oil pipeline by denying a permit needed to finish the route, a spokesman for Mr. Trump said Monday that the incoming administration supports completing it.

But instead of waiting until the president-elect takes office next month, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners is pressing ahead with a request to a federal judge to allow the company to immediately cross beneath a Missouri River reservoir, the final 1,100-foot link to be built in the pipeline.

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/energy-transfer-partners-seeks-court-ruling-on-dakota-access-pipeline-1481055961
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2016 04:26 am
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribes-say-corps-announcement-reason-to-stay-lawsuit/article_182b03fb-adca-5bc7-8165-3d65514afa7b.html

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe wants its lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put on hold, following the corps’ announcement Sunday that it will not grant an easement for Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River/Lake Oahe while it examines alternate routes through the environmental impact statement process.

The motion to stay the suit was filed for Friday’s status hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington with Judge James E. Boasberg.
“We’re asking to put the case aside, because, depending on the outcome of an EIS, it resolves most of the tribes’ concerns,” said tribe attorney Jan Hasselman, of Earthjustice.

The lawsuit filed in July by Standing Rock and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe claims the corps failed to follow federal law or properly consult tribes when it issued a permit for the 570,000-barrel pipeline project. The suit calls for a rigorous EIS rather than the environmental assessment used by the corps to justify the permit.

The permit did not include a written easement to use corps’ property to directionally drill the oil pipeline under the Missouri River/Lake Oahe. The announcement ended months of uncertainty over the easement, the lack of which has stopped the pipeline in its tracks, with no way to link pipe installed on both sides of the river.

Dakota Access is also in court following the corps’ announcement. It filed a motion asking Boasberg to find that the corps did in fact issue an easement in a consent document as well as under Section 408 permissions.

The tribes’ motion reserves the right to resume the suit if Boasberg agrees with Dakota Access and the company starts the drilling project. The tribes objected to a suggestion by Dakota Access that oral arguments on its motion to dismiss could also be heard at Friday's status hearing. Hasselman said he believes the pipeline’s motion won’t be heard before February.

By way of explaining its announcement, the corps said that, for reasons of security and sensitivity, information in the environmental assessment was withheld from the public and Standing Rock. The information included a model analysis of an oil spill in Lake Oahe, a risk analysis of the horizontally directionally drilled pipeline under Lake Oahe and a comparison to the north-Bismarck pipeline route that was jettisoned by the company before any public input.

Hasselman said all three of those confidential documents were withheld from the tribes even after it brought its lawsuit.

“They were kept totally confidential, and there’s no reason for it,” said Hasselman, adding the lack of information meant there was no way for the tribes to evaluate a potential spill or the risk of a blowout during the hydraulic drilling operation. “The environmental assessment was all written by Dakota Access; the corps was at arm's length."

The lack of an alternative route in any assessment, including the north Bismarck one, is at the heart of the matter, according to Hasselman.
It was moved away from Bismarck because of drinking water concerns and set on the tribes’ doorstep, and that’s a critical reason for how the story has unfolded,” he said.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2016 06:39 am
@Debra Law,
Thanks for your continuing efforts to keep our information up to date.
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Thu 15 Dec, 2016 08:18 am
Quote:
Dear Morton County Commissioners and Sheriff Kirchmeier:

Published on Dec 14, 2016
We write to give you notice of the illegality of your closure of Highway 1806 at the Backwater Bridge and to request that you remove the barricade at the bridge and re-open Highway 1806 to traffic immediately.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXZBucO8yXQ&feature=youtu.be
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Fri 16 Dec, 2016 09:43 am
Prosecutor asks judge to keep environmental, treaty issues out of first protester trial

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/prosecutor-asks-judge-to-keep-environmental-treaty-issues-out-of/article_62121155-1595-5c64-bf62-70e57f50348d.html

edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 16 Dec, 2016 11:42 am
@Debra Law,
I really thought they would eventually let the protesters off without prosecuting them.
Debra Law
 
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Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2016 09:48 am
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

I really thought they would eventually let the protesters off without prosecuting them.


Treatment of the protestors by state and local officials and citizens has been egregious. There is no way any of these protestors can get a fair trial. The jury pool is thoroughly tainted and prejudiced against the Native Americans and anyone associated with them. The charges against them have been stacked to include numerous felonies and misdemeanors making the defense of these defendants most complex and expensive. Most defendants are unable to obtain counsel due to multiple factors and local attorneys must tread carefully because stepping on powerful toes has consequences in such a small bar. I find it all to be appalling, to say the least. Here's a press release from the National Lawyers Guild.

https://www.nlg.org/wplc-calls-for-morton-county-prosecutor-resignation-and-permission-for-out-of-state-lawyers-to-represent-water-protectors/

There are other links therein to additional information filed in the ND Supreme Court, and everyone in the nation should read those documents. Very eye opening for all and especially those who truly care about justice.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 19 Dec, 2016 05:02 pm
Lawyers for Standing Rock protesters are pleading for more help
Hundreds of DAPL protesters have no lawyer at all.
Debra Law
 
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2016 10:59 am
@edgarblythe,
edgarblythe wrote:

Lawyers for Standing Rock protesters are pleading for more help
Hundreds of DAPL protesters have no lawyer at all.


The first trial scheduled to take place yesterday was postponed. Counsel was scrounged up at the last minute for some of the defendants who didn't even meet their counsel until the morning of the scheduled trial. The prosecutor had failed to provide all but one of the defendants with discovery of vast amounts of evidentiary materials, which would aid their defenses considerably if given the opportunity to review and investigate. The presiding judge found it prudent to postpone the trial.

Reviewing posted comments on local newspaper articles, there is a generalized "hang 'em high" mentality voiced against the protestors, whom are unfairly maligned and characterized as thugs and economic terrorists. It is most disturbing to witness injustice unfolding and feeling powerless to offer any remedy.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2016 12:42 pm
@Debra Law,
Yes it is, I agree.

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 21 Jan, 2017 10:39 am
An on line friend wrote this after last night's action:
"As Anti-Media recently reported, the Morton County Sheriff’s office has also deployed an Avenger Air Defense System in Cannonball. The Avenger is a humvee-mounted, low altitude surface-to-air missile system." ............................................................................................WTF is any sheriff's dept doing with any kind of missile? And gee...the article mentions that trumP is "fossil fuel-friendly". Yep, there's probably money in it for him & his greedyass family. "A total of 14 water protectors were arrested, and some were held in cold dog kennels overnight.”............ dog kennels in the Dakotas? Whoever made that decision should be prosecuted & imprisoned.
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