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If you are feeling concerned & activated by recent news & events related to climate change & the new administration, come get your voice heard with the power of your pen. A letter writing group is forming to band together to write to legislators, editors, & business leaders about current issues from fossil fuel pipelines to clean energy, public land protection, & food justice. Elected representatives take hand written letters more seriously than email.
This week we will be writing letters to:
- the Air District, commenting on the draft 2017 Clean Air Plan, Spare the Air - Cool the Climate". This is an exciting development in regional air quality management that could pave the way for more cities and counties to follow suit. A sheet with bullet points about the plan and letter suggestions will be provided.
- EPA workers. Now that Mr. Pruitt has been officially assigned to EPA, we'll write letters to EPA employees and dept heads urging them to continue to fight for tough regulation of harmful emissions.
San Luis Obispo County residents scored a major victory when the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission voted last October to reject Phillips 66' proposal for a massive oil-by-rail facility in San Luis Obispo County. That was an epic win, but the fight is not over as the next step is the SLO County Board of Supervisors meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17, but it will last as long as it takes to get through public comment. Folks are mobilizing around the state to be there for the start of the meeting on the 13th. We will be helping folks find carpools. Just let us know you can be there.
SOME BACKGROUND: Phillips 66 is seeking approval to build a 1.3-mile rail spur from its Nipomo Mesa refinery (in southwestern San Luis Obispo County) to the main rail line so it can receive crude oil by train. The refinery now gets its crude by pipeline. The proposal calls for deliveries from three 80-car trains per week, with each train hauling about 2.2 million gallons of crude oil.
Phillips 66' Nipomo Mesa refinery receives heavy crude oil by pipeline and starts processing it, then it sends it by pipeline to its facility in Rodeo (in the Bay Area) where processing is finished.
The rail line leading to the Nipomo Mesa refinery cuts through heavily-populated areas. Phillip 66 will likely be importing Canadian tar sands oil as well as Bakken crude which is fracked in North Dakota and which is much more highly flammable than traditional crudes. Any rail mishap could spell disaster.
Rail incidents involving crude oil went up sixteenfold between 2010 and 2014. Check out this graph from Mother Jones:
Hanson Lee, acting with the Buddhist Tinkers, is in the process of organizing a bus to transport people from the Bay Area to Standing Rock.
If you want to get on the bus to Standing Rock or have questions, contact email@example.com. Write “BUS TO STANDING ROCK” in the subject line of an email stating your name, phone number, email and any other pertinent information. The organizers will get in touch with you as soon as they can, and the bus will leave as soon as 10 people sign up. More trips may be arranged for between March 13-30.
Here’s what you need to know before you get on the bus:
- A can-do attitude is the only passport required on this multi-day journey across America with people who have already built relations on site.
- You will be taught: Sub-zero survival, traditional native songs, volunteer training, non-violent/non-physical confrontation de-escalation tactics and how to share and live communally.
- Skilled and unskilled volunteers appreciated alike! Unskilled volunteers are brought up to speed and have critical community support tasks that make even the normal person a valuable asset at Standing Rock.
- Skills that would help: PTSD and trauma counselors, medical vocation, heavy or light building experience, joke telling and merriment support, mechanic tech, crew organizers, generally strong people, wood chopping and cooks.
The State's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% reduction by 2030, according to SB32 passed this year. About a third of the emissions come from the transportation sector. Our goal is to make the GHG reductions in transportation happen.
- 10:00 - 10:30--Set up chairs, meet and greet
- 10:30 - 10:40--Welcome/Introductions
- 10:40 - 11:15--Information and Presentations
11:30 - 12:30--Planning and brainstorming
- 12:30 - 12:45 -- Next meeting plans & cleanup
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.test
There is a long history in Native America of these types of healing walks. The Refinery Corridor Healing Walks were inspired by the Tar Sands Healing Walks in Alberta, Canada, the Longest Walks, and the Peace & Dignity Journeys.
In January of 2014, Idle No More SF Bay decided to organize a series of healing walks along the refinery corridor of the Northeast San Francisco Bay. After the success of the first year the group agreed to a four year commitment of organizing the walks through 2017.
Front-line activists living along the corridor joined them and created the Bay Area Refinery Corridor Coalition (BARCC). Working together, these two groups organized the healing walks to bring attention to the health risks and dangers that the refineries pose and the explosive crude by rail coming through the communities from the Alberta tar sands and the Bakken oil fields. The groups also decided to begin a process to envision a just transition to a clean and safe energy future and an economy that supports everyone. Walkers are invited to write or draw these ideas on muslin squares at the end of each walk (see photos below). These squares will be sewn into quilts. The quilts from 2014 will be shown at all of the walks.
We are walking as a commitment to Mother Earth and life on her beautiful belly. We walk as a commitment to clean air, soil and water. Members of Idle No More SF Bay conduct prayers at each refinery and toxic sites along the way. Prayers for the waters are conducted by Native American women at the beginning and end of each walk.
350 Bay Area will be organizing a contingent to join the Healing Walk.
In response, the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux filed new motions to halt the pipeline’s construction and operation. After an initial hearing on those motions, the federal judge on the case allowed construction to proceed but will be considering the Tribes’ claims before oil will pass through the pipeline under Lake Oahe.
- Spread the word through email & Facebook.
Call the US Army Corps of Engineers
- Comment Line: 202-761-8700
- more numbers & additional email comment http://www.usace.army.mil/Contact/
- Learn more:
Donate to the legal defense and support funds:
- Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
- Oceti Sakowin Camp: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org
- Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: http://standwithstandingrock.net/donate/
- Sacred Stone Camp: http://sacredstonecamp.org
- Honor the Earth: https://honorearth.nationbuilder.com/donate
- IEN / Indigenous Rising Media: http://indigenousrising.org/support/
Divest from the banks funding the pipeline
- Check out the Defund DAPL website for more information: http://www.defunddapl.org/
- Partial list of banks funding DAPL
- Wells Fargo
- Chase Bank
- Bank of the West (owned by BNP Paribas)
- Bank of America
- U.S. Bank
- Sumitomo Bank
- Goldman Sachs
- Morgan Stanley
- ING Bank
- Union Bank (now owned by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ)
Organize yourself &/or large groups of people from your community to to to Standing Rock. Contact organizing@NoDAPLSolidarity.org to discuss details & schedule a time frame.
- Contact Hanson from the Buddhist Tinkers who's organizing a Bay Area bus. More info here.
- Wednesday, February 8, 2017: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an easement allowing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. In response, the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux filed new motions to halt the pipeline’s construction and operation. After an initial hearing on those motions, the federal judge on the case allowed construction to proceed but will be considering the Tribes’ claims before oil will pass through the pipeline under Lake Oahe.
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017: The Acting Secretary of the Army directed the Army Corps to comply with Trump's memo (from 1/21). This is also the date by which Energy Transfer Partners & the Justice Department must file motions in the federal case brought by Energy Transfer Partners to approve the project.
- Satuday, January 21, 2017: Pres. Trump wrote a memo declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline is in the national interest, & that the Army Corps should consider scrapping environmental review in order to approve it.
- Friday, December 9, 2016: A federal judge denied a request by Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, to quickly force the federal government to approve the final stage of the project, but he said he would take up the issue in the new year. Energy Transfer Partners & the Justice Department have a January 31st deadline to file motions in the case.
- Sunday, December 4, 2016: The US Army Corps of Engineers officially demanded an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and further review before allowing the part of the route under the Missouri River, effectively stopping further legal construction for that part. This is a huge victory! But Energy Transfer Partners is saying now they will not stop so the fight is not over. Continue to support this action.