The following was sent by Catskill Mountainkeepers to followers, member, and subscribers. The importance of this act of environmental activism cannot be understated. It represents gross wrongdoing on many levels:
- The continued disrespect for Native Americas. If any group wanted to complain about their treatment in this land, Native Americans win the ticket!
- Disrespect for the landbases and all the flora and fauna it supports including human beings.
- USA government deals for pipeline construction, implementation and maintenance.
- Disproportionate use of force to assault, harass, and arrest non-violent activists and protesters.
- They didn’t even have all the permits.
Last but not least, everyone should know:
North Dakota had nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, none of which were reported to the public.
From January 2012 – September 2013, these pipeline spills were just a part of approximately 750 “oil field incidents” that took place in the state without the public’s knowledge, according to a report by The Associated Press. It’s estimated that around 4,328 barrels worth of oil were spilled in this period.
[Day before] Yesterday in North Dakota more than 100 heavily armed, equipped, and militarized police moved in on peaceful Standing Rock water protectors and their allies for the benefit of the Dakota Access Pipeline Company.
These police have been using extreme measures against peaceful, unarmed protectors including tear gas, concussion grenades, a sound cannon, armored military vehicles, and shooting beanbags. There have been more than 100 arrests.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and allies from hundreds of other tribal nations and non-native communities have been peacefully encamped along the Cannonball River for months protecting their water — and that of millions of other people — and their sacred sites from destruction by Dakota Access as it builds this not yet fully permitted pipeline.
Catskill Mountainkeeper condemns this state-sponsored violence in the name of a fossil fuel company’s profits and stands in solidarity with the all of the tribal nations and water protectors against this unlawful and immoral destruction. We send out support and safe thoughts to all of our family, friends, and allies in North Dakota. We join the outcry urging President Obama to call off the National Guard, send in the Department of Justice, and halt pipeline construction immediately.
In addition to failing to acquire all the necessary permits to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company began construction before the Federal government properly consulted with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and any other affected tribes. Full tribal consultation must begin before Dakota Access spends one more day building this pipeline.
We encourage everyone to Stand With Standing Rock by calling President Obama now at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and asking him to halt pipeline construction and in any and all of the following ways:
More information can be found in the Standing Rock Media Statement below and on the Tribe’s Facebook page. Many thanks for joining Mountainkeeper and our allies in the fight against dirty and dangerous fossil fuels.