Preventing Pipelines

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Take Action to Stop KXL

Tell your congressional representative and the UN Environment Programme's executive director to take a vocal stand against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Battling the Black Snake

The coming of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines have fulfilled the Lakota prophecy of a terrible black snake meant to bring harm to the people of Turtle Island. Our Native organizers stand on the front lines every day to protect the sacred systems of Unci Maka, our Grandmother Earth. Mni Wiconi—water is life!

Opposing the Proposed Expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline

After urging for a public hearing earlier in the year, LPLP joins Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud and Oglala Sioux nations in gathering letters to send to the North Dakota’s Public Service Commission opposing DAPL expansion.

Tokata Iron Eyes and Greta Thunberg Rally Rapid City Against KXL

Pine Ridge's Tokata Iron Eyes and Sweden's Greta Thunberg lead a hundreds-strong rally against the Keystone XL pipeline in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Bismarck Tribune Editorial Board Backs Call for DAPL Expansion Oversight

The Bismarck Tribune Editorial Board has backed the call for a public hearing on any potential DAPL expansion.

Call for Public Oversight of DAPL Expansion

We joined activists, other organizations and the leaders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, Oglala and Cheyenne River nations in telling North Dakota's Public Service Commission to hold a hearing on doubling the oil flowing across Lakota lands through the Dakota Access pipeline.

Meeting with AOC

LPLP joins Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner's delegation to D.C. to meet with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) about Keystone XL, the Green New Deal, and our climate crisis.

Tell Congress to Stop KXL

Tell the House Environmental Oversight Committee to investigate Trump's continued fast-tracking of pipelines through Indian Country. Your voice can stop the desecration of sacred land and water!

Video: Legal Tools from Standing Rock

In our new video, chief counsel Daniel Sheehan details how our legal strategy and the evidence we collected for the Chase Iron Eyes trial can help other pipeline protesters understand and expose the tactics of police, oil companies, and militarized security firms. We’re compiling and making these tools available to anyone arrested for protecting sacred land and water.

Protect Free Speech: Tell Trump, We Are Not Terrorists

Policies violating the constitutional rights of activists and Indigenous people must end. Tell the president and his allies to stop treating demonstrators like terrorists. Please watch our video and sign our letter to Trump—then share it with your networks to ensure our voices are heard loud and clear.

Milestones in Landmark Trial

Three short videos give you insight into critical developments occurring during the Chase Iron Eyes #NoDAPL case. Despite constant obstruction by prosecutors and opposing counsel, our team creates valuable records during discovery that will live in the public record to assist future water and land protectors. Chase's trial may be over, but we continue to stand in solidarity with activists everywhere. We'll never slow down in our mission to expose the truth.

Army Corps Confirms DAPL Leak Detection System Insufficient

An Army Corps of Engineers response to a public comment by the EPA confirms that DAPL’s “state-of-the-art” leak monitoring system is only capable of detecting a minimum leak of just under 1 percent of DAPL’s total flow rate. As the pipeline can carry 570,000 barrels per day, this means any leak of 5,700 bpd—or 239,400 gallons per day—won’t be detected. If DAPL leaks at a rate any lower then this, the oil must make its way to the surface and be spotted by an observer. If this happens under Lake Oahe, the oil will need to migrate the more than 100 feet to the lake surface before any action can be taken, at which point potentially millions of gallons will have been spilled.

Massive Coalition Divests from Pipeline Banks

A group of 15 US-based organizations announce they are divesting funds from ‘pipeline banks.’

Representing more than 13 million combined supporters, the organization include 350.org, Climate Hawks Vote, CREDO, Earth Guardians, Friends of the Earth, Green America, Honor the Earth, Institute for Policy Studies, League of Conservation Voters, The Hip Hop Caucus, Oil Change International, Potlach Fund, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, and the US Climate Action Network (USCAN).

Veterans Deploy to Frontlines as “Human Shields,” Easement Denied

Over 3,000 veterans join the Oceti Sakowin Camp. President Obama denies the easement to drill under Lake Oahe, but DAPL owner Energy Transfer Partners states that they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”

The Intercept Exposes Use of Counterterrorism Tactics at Standing Rock

Pipeline Battle Shifts to Courts

After militarized police raid the newly-established Last Child Camp and arrest Chase Iron Eyes, LPLP Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan steps in to organize Chase's defense. LPLP also provides litigation support to several tribes’ fights in Washington, D.C. against DAPL.

Water Cannons Used Against Unarmed Water Protectors

Police use tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons against unarmed water protectors in subfreezing temperatures during a confrontation at Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806. More than 140 water protectors are injured and/or suffer from hypothermia.

Standing Rock Divests, #DefundDAPL Movement Begins

In October, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe passes a resolution that ends over two decades of banking with Wells Fargo.

The DefundDAPL.org website goes live. People begin to learn how to move their money, move their cities’ money, obtain bank officials’ contact information, and find a helpful information on alternative banks.

#NoDAPL Fight Begins

In the spring, members of the LPLP team — including lead counsel Chase Iron Eyes and tribal liaison Madonna Thunder Hawk — become involved in resistance camps on 1851 Oceti Sakowin Treaty land formed to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). LPLP provides media support on the ground and begins circulating petitions in opposition to DAPL, which violates Lakota treaty rights and threatens Standing Rock‘s water supply.

Caption: Oceti Sakowin prayer camp, Sept. 2016.

DAPL Moved to Standing Rock

In an effort to protect the city's water, the Dakota Access pipeline is rerouted away from Bismarck to cross the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The move violates Lakota treaty rights and threatens Standing Rock’s water supply instead.