Every Branch, Every bank

Our #NoDAPL movement is celebrating the fact that a federal judge ordered the US Army Corp of Engineers to re-do its environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline. But the judge didn’t shut down the pipeline (yet) and we still need to take action to stop DAPL, and all pipelines proposed in North America.

More than 150,000 people, representing more than $4.3 billion dollars in assets, have signed on to demand an end to the dig, dump, burn capitalism embodied by these pipelines.1 And now,indigenous leaders are asking for your help to deliver the message to “every bank, every branch” this summer.2 Will you sign up here to host a #DeFundPipelines delivery event in Columbia?

It’s been months since President Trump’s reckless executive orders to ram through DAPL and other pipelines. Since then we’ve learned that the company behind DAPL, Energy Transfer Partners used money from bankers and pension funds to hire military contractor TigerSwan to spy on encampments and coordinate brutal responses that included pepper spray, rubber bullets and blasting water protectors with water cannons in freezing weather.3

By the time oil finally began flowing through the pipeline, the same day that Trump Pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement,4 DAPL had already leaked.5 That’s the same fate that awaits hundreds of communities and tribes if the build out of DAPL and 4 new proposed tar sands pipelines is allowed to proceed.

But without loans, bond sales, and other forms of financial support, pipelines like DAPL, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Line 3, Energy East and other oil infrastructure won’t be built. In fact, just this week Dutch Bank ING announced plans to scale back and revisit financing of Tar Sands pipelines.6A lot of US banks also decided to sit out a round of financing for the Trans-Mountain pipeline.7

Our pressure is clearly having an impact on these banks, but to stop these pipelines for good, we all need to do our part to help protect water, Indigenous rights and our climate. You can help by showing up in person to deliver the message to these banks that it’s time to stop financing human rights abuses and environmental destruction.

Sign up here to host a #DeFundPipelines delivery even in Columbia – we’ll support you with a detailed how-to manual, sample materials, signs and a community support fund to help you pay for logistics.

Drew and the 198 methods crew

PS – Don’t stop now – you can also organize to get your city, tribe or local government to divest. Check in with our allies at Mazaskatalks.org to get connected and learn how.

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1 – https://petitions.signforgood.com/DefundPipelines/?code=198
2 – http://www.ienearth.org/indigenous-environmental-network-advancing-petition-to-stop-financing-dapl-and-tar-sands-pipelines/
3 – https://theintercept.com/2017/06/21/as-standing-rock-camps-cleared-out-tigerswan-expanded-surveillance-to-array-of-progressive-causes/
– https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/2/as_oil_starts_to_flow_through
– https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/2/part_2_private_security_firm_tigerswan
4 – http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/06/the-dakota-access-pipeline-went-online-today.html
5- https://www.thenation.com/article/the-fight-against-the-dakota-access-pipeline-is-not-over-heres-how-you-can-join/
6 – http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/dutch-bank-ing-to-cease-ties-to-tar-sands-pipelines-including-keystone-xl/
7 – http://www.chron.com/business/energy/article/Kinder-Morgan-secures-financial-backing-for-11249906.php
– https://www.ran.org/28_major_banks_warned_not_to_finance_trans_mountain_pipeline_expansion

Check out what you did to DeFundDAPL

** Update** I was writing you a message about what we did to De-Fund the Dakota Access Pipeline (# DeFundDAPL) is working. And then Trump’s Army Corps of Engineers announced that they were ignoring the law, tribal sovereignty, US treaties, and common decency to ram through the Dakota access pipeline. In response, I’m encouraging everyone to join the massive “last stand” day of action happening today. Dozens of events are already planned around the county – Find yours and show up today. And then stay tuned for more info on how we can stop this pipeline.

Here’s what I was going to say:

Last week we announced that over 700,000 people, representing over $2.3 billion (with a B), were ready to move their money out of the 17 banks funding the Dakota Access pipeline.

Boy, did we get their attention. In the las week, Danish bank DNB has agreed to stop financing DAPL unless they re-route or cancel the pipeline in accordance with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s wishes. Citibank, Wells Fargo, ING and more have all agreed to meet with indigenous leaders and our coalition to try and de-escalate the situation.

And maybe the best news of the week, the City of Seattle voted to divest another $3 billion dollars from Wells Fargo – one of the lead banks financing DAPL.But it doesn’t just SOUND good, our activism LOOKS good too! Check out some of the highlights in this twitter collection, with more photos and videos below.

All of this advocacy is having a huge impact on the banks, and on the entire pollution for profit industry that includes companies like Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco logistics.

After a committee of Seattle’s city council voted to divest from Wells Fargo, the University of California in Los Angeles followed suit, and there are already reports that dozens of other cities are planning to do the same.

And the pipeline companies are taking notice: News reports indicate that the biggest pipeline companies in the U.S. are panicked right now – trying to figure out how to move forward with their projects in the face of our unrelenting protest and divestment. They’re planning sophisticated P.R. campaigns, trying to buy off landowners, and trying to get Trump’s regulatory team to approve their plans without public engagement.

All of which tells us something important: Protest and Divestment work. Your actions have been effective this week, and so we’re planning even more of them.

Because DAPL isn’t stopped, yet. The Army Corps of Engineers is still accepting public comments on the projects environmental impacts, and just last week there was a violent crackdown in South Dakota to clear the newly-established Lost Child Camp, that was located immediately across the road from the main entrance to the Oceti Sakowin camp. This fight isn’t over yet, and we need your support to keep it going.

If you can, please consider chipping in to support the legal defense fund for Chase Iron Eyes and other water protectors arrested in last week’s raid. And stay tuned for more emails from 198 this week about how you can stand with Standing Rock and #DeFundDAPL.

Thanks, and congratulations again on a great week of action,

Drew and the 198 methods to stop a pipeline crew

EPA retracts fracked statement in report

Who says internet petitions don’t work?

I just wanted to send you a quick update and share some exciting news from this week — You’re one of the thousands of people and a host of partners who asked the EPA to retract their report which inaccurately stated that fracking caused “no widespread, systemic impact” on drinking water.

Thanks to your advocacy, and the tireless work of frontline activists in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Texas (just to name a few of the places EPA studied during the 5 years they worked on this report), last week the EPA released a final version of that report that admitted the truth: Fracking can and does contaminate drinking water.

Coming so closely on the heels of our petition campaign, there’s no doubt that our advocacy and emails have helped make this happen. So THANK YOU again for signing on and speaking up – together, we made an impact.

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This is only a small step towards proving the dangers of fracking, and banning this dangerous and unnecessary drilling practice around the world. But the impact is real, and the media has taken notice. Dozens of newspapers and television stations covered the story of EPA’s retraction in the final report.

And because the report was ordered by Congress, not the Administration, there’s a good chance we can use these conclusions to delay or restrict fracking near the most vulnerable areas. Even Donald Trump can’t un-write this report, now that it’s finally been issued, and any moves he makes to expand fracking in our communities will have to be justified in light of these dangers.

Thanks again for all your work and advocacy on this issue,