Sign the Petition to

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
President of the United States

I applaud your administration for taking steps to communicate with the Standing Rock Sioux and temporarily halt a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction, but it’s clear that the Standing Rock Sioux’s First Amendment rights, treaty rights, and basic rights for human dignity and access to clean water are being threatened. That’s why I’m writing to ask that you take immediate action to protect Indigenous rights and treaties -- including sending observers and conducting a DOJ investigation -- and conduct a full environmental review, including tribal consultation.

The permits in place for the Dakota Access pipeline project were granted using the Army Corps' controversial Nationwide Permit 12, in yet another example of an oil pipeline being permitted without adequate public engagement or sufficient environmental review. The practice of "segmenting" a project under Nationwide Permit 12 allows the Corps to consider a single oil or gas pipeline as thousands of "single and complete" projects -- avoiding the environmental review and public input required by numerous environmental laws and agreements with tribes.

Over the past few months, thousands of people and Tribes from around the world traveled to North Dakota to peacefully support the Standing Rock Sioux and oppose this dangerous pipeline. In fact, in September, a joint statement from the departments of Justice, the Army, and the Interior remarked that “In recent days, we have seen thousands of demonstrators come together peacefully, with support from scores of sovereign tribal governments, to exercise their First Amendment rights and to voice heartfelt concerns about the environment and historic, sacred sites.” Despite the peaceful nature of these demonstrations, private and local security have increasingly resorted to unnecessarily aggressive tactics like using dogs, pepper spray, low-flying helicopters, roadblocks, and other tactics designed to intimidate and invoke fear. These militarized actions are another sad moment another in our nation’s long history of using force against Native people.

We must honor the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and defend their right, as a sovereign nation, to enforce those treaties and protect sacred sites and waters being threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline project would 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. This pipeline is a direct threat to Standing Rock’s water, land and culture and it must be rejected.

I urge your administration to direct the Corps to repeal the permits for the Dakota Access pipeline until formal tribal consultation and environmental reviews are properly and adequately conducted. I also urge the administration to revoke Nationwide Permit 12 and resume its prior practice of fully evaluating the environmental impacts of individual fossil fuel pipelines.

Signed,

Sierra Club

This petition closed about 2 years ago

How this will help

The 1,168-mile Dakota Access Pipeline project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and would carry 450,000 barrels of fracked oil every day through North Dakota, South Dakota,...

The 1,168-mile Dakota Access Pipeline project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and would carry 450,000 barrels of fracked oil every day through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It will cut through communities, farms, sensitive natural areas, wildlife habitat, and tribal lands like the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's ancestral lands, which are within half a mile of its current reservation. 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. This pipeline is a clear and direct threat to the Tribe's water and heritage, and must be rejected. The Standing Rock Sioux home and history deserve to be protected.

Over the past few months, thousands of people and tribes from around the world traveled to North Dakota to peacefully support the Standing Rock Sioux and oppose this dangerous pipeline. Private and local security have increasingly resorted to unnecessarily aggressive tactics like using dogs, pepper spray, low-flying helicopters, roadblocks, and other tactics designed to intimidate and invoke fear. Recent militarized actions are another sad moment another in our nation's long history of using force against native people. Will you stand with the Water Protector and defend their First Amendment rights by calling on President Obama to investigate and address rights violations associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reject the pipeline once and for all?

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