Watching the #BlackSnake worm it's way into Mother Earth from across the Mni Sose | Missouri River that evening from the top of Sacred Stone was hard... it was followed by a sense of burning in my chest, and the pain that comes with heartache. The great river had been frozen solid for some time, at this point it was beginning to thaw. February 20th, 2017 was the day that the deadline for public EIS Statements to be entered on the Federal Register... but you may not have heard about that.
At the time the camp was facing the hard evacuation date, February 22nd. The Army Corps of Engineers, a representative from the Governor's office, and other members of a Joint Task Force were meeting with camp representatives in the mornings, that had been going on for a few days by that point. The Camps were requesting we be able to clear out with dignity, at the time the mud was so deep that most vehicles were unable to navigate it. What you likely heard about was the "great flood that was going to take out the camp, causing a massive environmental threat to the waters we came there to defend..." paraphrasing. That flood never came, several camp-members who were devoted to logistical support had been working on finding historical data about the potential for a flood. Or, you may have heard any number of things involved in the multi-pronged smear campaign that was going on then... smokescreen.
The Obama Administration had required that the EIS, a proper Environmental Impact Statement, finally be conducted for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
They had not had one. That never happened.
And all of the comments made by people who were rightly concerned about further pipeline projects were never entered on the Federal Register....
People did make them though, and shared them via their social networks. They tagged us back at Oceti Sakowin Camp, letting us know they had sent their public comment in.
People made comments about viable points like this one:
Required Action: The Environmental Impact Statement MUST include the entire pipeline as a connected action and analyze resource impacts along the ENTIRE pipeline.
The DAPL solution is the perfect technical storm and relies on the worst of all potential technical factors, including (1) crude oil product (2) in a large-diameter pipeline and (3) in a 1.5 mile long HDD tunnel 92 feet below the surface of the lake.
And we always worded it like this:
These points are provided for you to re-word as needed. Please add personal perspective to them. SHARE THIS POST and what you'd write. You can email your comment, or submit it directly on the Federal Register, EACH DAY.
So what are we pledging allegiance to, day in and day out in public schools? What's that national anthem all about?
This is why we stand with Iowa, and Little Creek Camp.
In Iowa the soil has been referred to as "black gold," some of the richest in the nation. DAPL is working pretty hard to run that pipeline from the Northwest corner of the state to the Southeast. They are using eminent domain to push it through.
So we know that the EIS process was completely disregarded at Standing Rock, just ask Gib Owen, there don't seem to be any public comments entered on the Federal Registry, or the Docket.
Comments may be submitted via email to Mr. Gib Owen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Use “NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing” as the subject of your email.
You may mail or hand deliver written comments to Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, 108 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0108.
Advance arrangements will need to be made to hand deliver comments. Please include your name, return address, and “NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing” on the first page of your written comments.
According to the Little Creek Camp website:
"9 land owners and the Sierra Club are suing the Iowa Utilities Board over the abuse or misuse of eminent domain. The suit has been appealed and the case is going to the Iowa Supreme Court. No date has been set yet. The court case is hearing arguments on wether the Dakota Access Pipeline meets the test of public necessity. If the land owners and Sierra Club wins, the Iowa Utilities Board could be required to revoke the permit and re-route around the state of Iowa or around the land of the 9 land owners, which would cripple the project significantly for 1-2 years. If oil is flowing through the pipe at that time, the entire pipeline would have to be shut down completely in all four states."