A pipeline leak has spilled tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek roughly two and a half hours from Cannon Ball, where protesters are camped out in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes, as well as environmentalists from around the country, have fought the pipeline project on the grounds that it crosses beneath a lake that provides drinking water to native Americans. They say the route beneath Lake Oahe puts the water source in jeopardy and would destroy sacred land.
North Dakota officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Belle Fourche Pipeline into the Ash Coulee Creek. State environmental scientist Bill Suess says a landowner discovered the spill on Dec. 5 near the city of Belfield, which is roughly 150 miles from the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protest camps.
The leak was contained within hours of the its discovery, Wendy Owen, a spokeswoman for Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos., which operates the Belle Fourche pipeline, told CNBC.
It’s not yet clear why electronic monitoring equipment didn’t detect the leak, Owen told the Asssociated Press.
Before the bunting and barriers are even cleared away from Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands are likely to attend the Women’s March on Washington the following day, 21 January.
“A march of this magnitude, across this diversity of issues has never happened before,” said Kaylin Whittingham, president of the association of black women attorneys. “We all have to stand together as a force no one can ignore.”
The Women’s March now has almost 200 progressive groups, large and small, signing on as supporting partners. The issues they represent are as varied as the environment, legal abortion, prisoners’ rights, voting rights, a free press, affordable healthcare, gun safety, racial and gender equality and a higher minimum wage. Men are invited.
More than 300 simultaneous local protests will also occur, across all 50 states, and support marches are planned in 30 other countries, organizer Linda Sarsour said.
“We have no choice. We need to stand up against an administration that threatens everything we believe in, in what we hope will become one of the largest grassroots, progressive movements ever seen,” said Sarsour.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released its annual State of the Climate report, which says it’s the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.
How can elected officials rage about deficits when we propose to spend money on preschool for kids, but not when we’re cutting taxes for corporations? How do we excuse ethical lapses in our own party, but pounce when the other party does the same thing? It’s not just dishonest, this selective sorting of the facts: it’s self-defeating. Because, as my mom used to tell me, reality has a way of catching up with you.
Take the challenge of climate change… We can and should argue about the best approach and solve the problem. But to simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations – it betrays the spirit of this country.
I am 13 years old, and I’ve spent my whole life drinking and fishing from the Missouri River in North Dakota. As members of the Standing Rock Tribe, my family has lived here for generations. Today our lives on the reservation are still defined by the river.
But now an oil company wants to build a pipeline that will cross the river a mile away from our reservation, carrying 570,000 barrels of crude oil across each day. We’re terrified that it could leak into our water, but the company doesn’t seem to care. We, the youth of the Standing Rock Tribe, refuse to let them risk our water and lives without a fight. So far over 130,000 people have signed our petition.
Tonight in dozens of towns and cities across Canada, people came out to vigils to protest the building of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, if built it would be bigger than the Keystone XL pipeline; it would produce more CO2 emissions than 30 million cars, and would increase oil tanker traffic on the west coast by more than 600%.
“I want to be here to reflect, and I want to be here to help clean up our abandoned campsites that I still see,” he says. “And we’re in the process of cleaning those up and repurposing the things that people left behind.”
This week Sornieth saw
temperatures plummet as dragons everywhere began preparation for the upcoming
Crystalline Gala. Though the Ice Flight holiday falls on one of the coldest
weeks of the year, some dragons are claiming it just isn’t cold enough.
The controversy began earlier
this week when Snowsquall ecologists released a study on the Boreal Wood
ecosystem. The report claimed that hoarfrost maulers are at risk of becoming
endangered. The cause? Scientists say: global warming.
Climate change in Sornieth has
been a hot topic for several decades, with dragons throughout the continent
maintaining heated opinions on the matter. Naturally, dragons native to the
Southern Icefield were among the most vocal, having experienced firsthand the
effects of warming weather in the creation of the Frigid Floes area.
“Every year it’s getting warmer,”
rasped a senior tundra from the ice flight. “Yeah, we don’t think much of it
now, but in ten, twenty… maybe thirty years? There might not be any icefields
left to melt! We have to get this under control.”
The older dragon’s sentiments
were shared in most of the frigid realm, but an unexpected backlash has arisen
from the Ashfall Wastelands. Though it is not an unreasonable conclusion, the
environmental issue has lit a fire beneath the lava-born dragons as claws are
pointed in their direction. A representative of Fire spoke to reporters late
“What do you mean ‘global
warming!?’ It’s winter! It’s cold! If you ask me, the whole thing’s a hoax to
oppress fire dragons, and I simply won’t stand for it.”
Though the matter has largely
been between Fire and Ice flights, polls from the Sea of a Thousand Currents
rendered an entirely different response. Though like Ice flight, most
sea-dwelling dragons agreed that the reports of a global temperature increase
carried water, members of the aquatic realm also expressed that they’re very
happy with the alterations, and that they look forward to the future
real-estate as ice caps continue to melt.
Fiery tempers and cold shoulders
aside, preparations for the Crystalline Gala have continued as planned, albeit
missing a hoarfrost mauler or two. Reporting the news through repressed
shivers, this is The Sornieth Times.