Target: Gib Owen, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
Goal: Do not grant easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is moving one step closer to construction, after its suspension was lifted by President Trump within his first few days in the White House. The acting Secretary of the U.S. Army, Robert Speer, has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with granting the easement for the pipeline, which would allow construction to begin. However, there is still an opportunity to oppose the pipeline — the Department of the Army announced that it is now accepting public comments and opinions about the project. This is an especially crucial moment to make our voices heard.
President Trump’s decision to revive DAPL has been met with fierce resistance from activists who fear that the pipeline, which would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Midwestern refineries, would pose a huge threat to the land and water of that region, namely sacred lands and water sources for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It is vital that we use our collective voice of opposition to let the Army know that this pipeline is not what Americans think is best for our country. Share your opinion by signing the petition below.
Dear Mr. Owen,
I do not support President Trump’s decision to move forward with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. I strongly believe that the pipeline would cause far more harm than good, as it threatens the safety and purity of our nation’s precious natural resources, and dishonors treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It is unethical and irresponsible to violate the sacred lands of indigenous peoples and risk contaminating their land and water with crude oil in the name of industry. Please do the right thing — do not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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