Activist arrests take place at Bakken Pipeline protests; local group to hold informational meeting at ICPL

Dakota Access pipeline construction -- Photo by Lars Plougmann
Dakota Access Pipeline construction — Photo by Lars Plougmann

Residents of Iowa City and the surrounding area are gathering this Friday, Sept. 2, to discuss the Bakken Oil Pipeline and the threat it poses to Native American reservations, the environment and farm land and the property rights of individuals. The meeting will take place at the Iowa City Public Library in Meeting Room B from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will be led by members of the group Stand with Standing Rock Sioux.


30 people were arrested on trespassing charges yesterday during a peaceful protest of the pipeline in Boone County. As of today, all of them have been bonded out, according to Boone County Jail. The arrests followed non-violence training workshops held at the community hall in Pilot Mound, Iowa sponsored by Bold Iowa, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, CREDO Action and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future.


The Bakken Pipeline is a 1,134 mile long underground oil pipeline project by the Texas-based company Dakota access. The planned pipeline would transport 500,000 barrels of crude hydro-fracted oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota, bisecting the entire state of Iowa on its way to Patoka, Illinois. Though Dakota access estimates that the pipeline could create between 2,000-4,000 temporary jobs, the $3.7 billion project would only secure between 12-15 permanent jobs in the state of Iowa.

Photo courtesy of Dakota Access LLC - Iowa Utilities Board
Photo courtesy of Dakota Access LLC – Iowa Utilities Board


“The place where pipeline will cross on the Cannonball is the place where the Mandan came into the world after the great flood, it is also a place where the Mandan had their Okipa, or Sundance. Later this is where Wisespirit and Tatanka Ohitika held Sundances. There are numerous old Mandan, Cheyenne and Arikara villages located in this area and burial sites. This is also where the sacred medicine rock [is located], which tells the future.” said LaDonna Bravebull Allard of the Lakota tribe in a statement on the Sacred Stone Camp’s website.


Activist, University of Iowa Lecturer and organizer of Friday’s event Jason Livingston states “I hope to talk to others this Friday at the meeting about what we can do to support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in their effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline… This will raise the temperature of the planet. There [pipeline] will be pipeline breaks and damaging spills. Let’s join our Native American brothers and sisters in protecting the water and soil we all share, and let’s send a message to the Iowa Utilities Board and Gov. Branstad that their cronyism with the oil industry won’t pass through Iowa without a fight.”

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