Target: Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander
Goal: Cease the construction of another invasive cross-country pipeline.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently evaluating and assessing the potential risks of what would be the Dakota Access pipeline. It would span the length of the U.S., beginning in North Dakota and ending near the Gulf of Mexico. This construction will collectively cost $3.4 billion dollars and would transfer half a million barrels of crude oil across the country.
Law states that the Army Corps is supposed to consult with any minority populations, impoverished communities, or any federally recognized tribes that are in close proximity to the proposed location before production is continued with such an invasive project as this. Thus far, there have been 154 meetings about the pipeline and these special populations have been included in none of them.
Opposition has been made clear by many, such as numerous environmental organizations, landowners that refuse to take payouts, and the Standing Rock tribal government. Still, proponents of the pipeline seem to actively ignore it in the hopes that no one will listen to just a few people concerned about their health, environmental conservation or traditional resources. The main reason there is opposition is due to the high risk of an oil spill that would quite literally decimate the economic, cultural and physical well being of these groups of people.
The final decision for the pipeline will be made in May, so we need to act fast if we will effectively stand with these marginalized populations that are being ignored. Please sign this petition to urge the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to lawfully consider the opposition of these “protected” populations.
Dear Lieutenant Bostick,
I am writing this letter to you in hopes that you will consider the many voices of opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. As you know, the proposed pipeline is set to span 1134 miles across the length of the U.S., in order to ship thousands of barrels of crude oil across the country per day.
This construction poses threats to many special populations in close proximity to the proposed pipeline, and you are required by law to take their opinion into consideration before making such a significant decision that will affect not you, but them. As you may know, an oil spill would obliterate the economic, cultural and physical well being of private landowners and the Standing Rock tribe permanently.
Please consider the valuable opinions of these special populations and stop the creation of such an invasive and unnatural production.
[Your Name Here]
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