Demand Dakota Access Pipeline Remain Offline Until Safety Measures Are Provided

Target:  Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers, Army Corps of Engineers

Goal: Ensure spill response plan and emergency equipment are provided before operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline is allowed.

The Dakota Access pipeline is scheduled to begin full operations on June 1st, 2017. Overall integrity of the pipeline has already been in question as a small leak was reported which resulted in the release of 84 gallons of oil.

A section of the controversial 1,172-mile pipeline crosses underneath the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, a major source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Reservation. The spill has raised concerns of tribal leaders that a further loss of pipeline integrity could directly threaten their way of life. Those fears have been amplified by the fact that pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, has not submitted a spill response plan for that region. They are also not required to provide adequate emergency cleanup equipment until a year after the pipeline has been in operation.

Pipeline safety is a primary concern for residents in a region which has a history catastrophic oil spills. The 2010 failure of a pipeline in Michigan resulted in one million gallons of tar sands oil spewing into the Kalamazoo River. A five-year cleanup effort came at a total cost of $1.21 billion, ecological damage and the forced evacuation of 50 households.

Allowing operation of the Dakota Access pipeline without comprehensive spill response measures and equipment in place is dangerous and irresponsible. Please sign the below petition calling on the government to demand Energy Transfer Partners complete this action before oil transportation may begin.


Dear Chief Semonite,

I am writing to urge the Army Corps of Engineers mandate Energy Transfer Partners provide a comprehensive spill response plan and equipment before allowing operation of the Dakota Access pipeline.

As you are aware a section of the pipeline is near a major water reservoir serving the Standing Rock Reservation. Inadequate safety measures would leave residents extremely vulnerable in the event of a pipeline rupture. This was the case in the Kalamazoo River spill which resulted in water contamination, ecological damage and a years-long cleanup effort. Please send a message that the economic concerns of a single energy company are not prioritized above ecological and public health.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    native americans had enough of this!

  2. dixie denis says:

    How about getting it stopped altogether? This is wrong, period!

  3. dixie denis says:

    ………………..and, by the way, hiw much more of this fucking up the world crap does it take to have Donald Trump removed from office?????????!

  4. Since they are going ahead with this pipeline – forcibly against the public’s wishes – they should at least ensure that Dakota Access Pipeline FULLY COMMITS to taking responsibility for all damage they cause and for having a spill response plan fully in place ahead of time.

  5. I agree with safety measures, but I am completely mystified at the outrage at pipelines. They are the safest way to move oil – period. Shutting down the pipeline does not in any way reduce the global carbon footprint – in fact, in the long run it increases it as less efficient modes of transportation and less- regulated suppliers of hydrocarbon feedstock get used globally.


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