Target: Colonel Ward Lenz, Regulatory Branch Chief, Rock Island District Army Corps of Engineers
Goal: Protect citizens and the environment by refusing to approve the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Dakota Access project features plans for a crude oil pipeline that would run from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, carrying with it the potential capacity for large-scale hazardous pollution. Local farmers, Indigenous tribes, and environmental activists have already expressed concern over risks such as water pollution and land disturbances. In order for construction to begin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must officially approve the project. This petition will call on Colonel Ward Lenz, the regulatory Branch Chief for the Corps for the Rock Island District, to heed the concerns of these communities by refusing to approve the Dakota Access project.
The Bakken pipeline is slated to cross under the Missouri River, meaning that a possible oil spill would endanger one of the most important waterways in the region. Moreover, the pipeline threatens to destabilize or even damage the fragile draining mechanisms necessary to support agriculture throughout the area. These issues, coupled with mounting public frustration over climate change and America’s reliance on fossil fuels, make abandoning the Dakota Access project the only responsible choice.
The risks associated with the Bakken pipeline are too grave to ignore. Colonel Ward Lenz should listen to the voices of those who want protect their land, water, and air from harm by saying no to the Dakota Access project. Sign the petition below to urge Colonel Ward Lenz to refuse approval for the Dakota Access project.
Dear Colonel Ward Lenz,
A number of environmental activists, indigenous tribes, and farmers have expressed concern over Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access project and its proposed Bakken pipeline. In order to protect the communities of your district and the environment at large, I urge you to block approval for the Dakota Access project.
The risks posed by the pipeline range from water pollution to soil erosion. These problems, along with the looming threat of climate change, paint an ugly picture of the impact that the Dakota Access project could have on the environment.
It is important to recognize the very real threats that fossil fuel extraction and usage pose to our world today. Please make the responsible choice: do not approve the Dakota Access project.
[Your Name Here]
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