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Mr. Gib Owen

Mr. Gib Owen
Army Corps of Engineers

Thank you for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) route. The fast tracking of DAPL under Nationwide Permit 12 failed to allow for environmental review and critical input from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, local landowners, and the public. This EIS is an important step in the right direction.

The Army Corp’s review of the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline must at least evaluate the following:

- The entire length of the pipeline must be evaluated to include the full scope of the project, not just the Lake Oahe easement.

- The impacts of oil spills and emergency response capabilities along the entire route must be considered, particularly with regard to the impacts on drinking water supplies and biodiversity across the entire route.

- The Corps must consider the cultural impacts along the full length of the pipeline including the effects on Tribal lands, burial grounds, and archaeological sites.

- The Corps must consult with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and evaluate how this pipeline would affect their drinking water, health, culture, and way of life. This pipeline was already routed away from Bismarck to protect the water supply of this majority white, more affluent community. The Army Corps must include environmental justice as part of their evaluation to ensure that low-income communities of color aren't left to bear the risk.

- The Corps must evaluate alternative routes that would avoid Sioux ancestral and treaty lands and other culturally and environmentally significant areas.

Thank you.

Signed,

Sierra Club

This petition closed 10 months ago

How this will help

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...

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. 

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. Stand with Stand with Standing Rock now by submitting a public comment.

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