More than a thousand Native Americans and non-native allies across America have traveled to help protect the land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A multi-billion dollar construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline is scheduled to construct through alleged sacred, ancestral lands and run underneath the Missouri River which is the main water supply for the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. If completed, the pipeline will transfer 470,000 barrels of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. Residents are fearful that a mishap could leak oil into their water supply and threaten their health and the environment.
The project is financed by the Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and the construction was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who residents claim did not consult with them before allowing construction.
As of now, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg has temporarily stopped construction of the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe requested the stoppage after confrontation rose between residents and construction workers near Lake Oahe after workers allegedly bulldozed sites that were culturally historical to the tribe. The security for the construction have used mace and attack dogs to ward off residents. Boasberg is scheduled to make a decision today, Friday, 9 September. The National Guard has also been called on standby ahead of the judge’s ruling.
Here is a list from thefreethoughtproject.com on ways to help assist the Standing Rock Siox tribe:
1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. When leaving a message stating your thoughts about this subject please be professional.
2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction…
3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe…/
4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903
9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk – https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL
10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
a. Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com
b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com
c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com