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Standing Rock update from the pipeline and the courtroom

Here is the latest, as of May 16, 2017. Oil is in the pipe Oil is in the pipe and they are bringing it up to pressure.  The actual first deliveries, and use of the pipe to transport oil, will … Continue reading

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Standing Rock: Understanding the EIS Process

It’s time to comment on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  The deadline is February 20.  Here’s what you need to know. First, Trump’s “executive order” did not automatically approve the pipeline (and it’s actually … Continue reading

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Standing Rock Victory on Thin Ice

On December 4, we all celebrated when the US Army Corp of Engineers announced they would not grant the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to pass under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.  Instead, they would prepare an Environmental … Continue reading

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The Dakota Access Pipeline doesn’t make economic sense anymore

With the decline in worldwide oil prices, production in North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields has declined so much that, by the end of this year, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline will be completely unnecessary from an economic point of view. … Continue reading

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Standing Rock: America’s War Zone

I just returned from a Standing Rock/NoDAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) Teach-in at UC Davis, where we heard accounts from people just returning from the front lines.  The war terminology fits.  They described a veritable militarized zone, separating non-violent protesters (called … Continue reading

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Upside-Down Flags, Standing Rock, and the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest: Background and Basic Facts

Here are the basic facts.  There’s an oil boom in North Dakota in a region called the Bakken oil fields, which produces high quality oil, so pure that some workers up there have put unrefined Bakken crude oil straight into … Continue reading

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Case dismissed against Amy Goodman; the press is now free to cover the Dakota Pipeline protest

The case pitted the North Dakota State Attorney Ladd Erickson against Democracy Now! reporter Amy Goodman.  He was charging her with rioting for her role in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, in which she was simply a reporter with a microphone, … Continue reading

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