Native Sun News Today: Dakota Access firms see spills and explosions

On February 9, 2017, emergency crews evacuated families and closed the Old Spanish Trail highway in St. Charles Parish on the outskirts of New Orleans, when an explosion on DAPL partner Phillips 66 liquid natural gas line set a furious fire that injured two contract employees, leaving another missing. Photo courtesy Matthew Hinton

Two oil companies involved in DAPL experience spills and explosions
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today
Health & Environment Editor

FT. YATES, N. D. –– After tribal governments filed for a temporary restraining order to halt renewed Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the Missouri River on Feb. 8, two of the giant oil companies involved in the project experienced toxic spills and fiery explosions on their other lines.

The deadly accidents in the wake of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Feb. 7 announcement of a permit for an easement to build DAPL’s final stretch one-half mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s main drinking water intake in the Oahe Reservoir inspired coalition building to protect land and water from fossil fuel pipeline proliferation everywhere.

The Indigenous Coalition at Standing Rock put out a call for “emergency actions in a last stand against the pipeline.” Coalition member organizations Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, Sacred Stone Camp, and the International Indigenous Youth Council, invited allies to: “Rise with us to disrupt business as usual and unleash a global intersectional resistance to fossil fuels and fascism. Connect with other struggles. Think long-term movement building -- we are in this for the long haul,” they said.

The list of their supporters’’ actions on Feb. 8 included one at the White House and another at the Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, as well as rallies in the cities of New York; Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; Providence, Rhode Island; Annapolis, Maryland; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Detroit, Michigan; and West Palm Beach, Florida.

Another call went out Feb. 12 from the Continental Commission Abya Yala “to denounce the actions of international aggression by the Trump Administration in fast tracking the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.”

The Corps issued the DAPL permit pursuant to U.S. President Donald Trump’s directive Jan. 24, four days after his inauguration, to consider “whether to rescind or modify” the agency’s Dec. 4 permit denial and “whether to withdraw” its Jan. 18 notice of intent to conduct a full environmental impact assessment before making a permit decision.

“The granting of this easement follows the Feb. 7 Secretary of the Army decision to terminate the Notice of Intent to Perform an Environmental Impact Statement and notification to Congress of the Army’s intent to grant an easement to Dakota Access for the Lake Oahe crossing,” the Corps said in a Feb. 8 statement.

The easement covers approximately 1.25 miles of the pipeline under the Missouri River and federally-administered shoreline.

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