Sept. 11, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline
Understanding Recent Developments

(Photo ©David Goldtooth) (Photo ©David Goldtooth)

Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners is constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a high pressure oil transmission pipeline, running from the Bakken shale play in North Dakota to Illinois. Among many sensitive areas along the route is the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. DAPL is slated to cross under the Missouri river, just upstream from the water intake for Standing Rock.

Concerned for possible loss of their water source if an accident occurs, and having not been included in the review process for the pipeline, the people of Standing Rock reservation have been standing up in peaceful protest to the construction of DAPL. Over 100 other tribes and people of all backgrounds have joined in, either directly at the Sacred Stone Camp as Protectors (that word being more descriptive of their goal than "Protester"), or by sending in support for legal funds or supplies.

On September 3, after tribal leaders had filed information about sacred and burial sites identified in the pipeline path, Energy Transfer sent work crews directly to the sites on, the Saturday before Labor Day, without announcement and with a private security crew armed with mace and attack dogs. This was while all parties were waiting for the September 9 ruling in federal court on an injunction filed against the pipeline by the Standing Rock Tribe.

The ruling on September 9 did not grant the injunction, but shortly after it was announced, the Army, Department of Justice and Department of the Interior filed a joint statement, stopping construction work on Army Corps land along the Missouri River and making a non-binding request to hold off on construction for 20 miles to the east and west of the Lake Oahe section of the Missouri River.

Though some people see this as "win", this is still only a very limited step in the right direction - where it will lead remains to be seen.
Part of the official statement from the Sacred Stone Camp:

"...we have seen time and time again, a consistent strategy from the State in these situations: string out the process, break it to us gradually to avoid a big confrontation, present the illusion of careful, thoughtful review of the case, tempt us with promises of modest reforms...but then in the end make the same decision that serves money not people. So far this is just talk, not actions, and actions are all we should care about. Stop the pipeline, and then we’ll celebrate. We are not leaving until this is over."

» Read more at No Fracked Gas in Mass

Sacred Stone Camp, in cooperation with the FANG Collective has put together a site for those wishing to stand in solidarity and offer support through legal funds or directly send supplies.
» Help Standing Rock directly

» See the NFGiM Act Now Page for more actions you can take

Join in! — September 24, 2016
CT Expansion People Over Pipelines Walk

There will be a People Over Pipelines Walk to Stop the Connecticut Expansion Pipeline on September 24, starting at noon, from Agawam, MA to East Granby, CT. Kinder Morgan’s Connecticut Expansion pipeline project has received a lot of press concerning it’s 3.8 mile segment through Sandisfield, Massachusetts and the protected conservation land of Otis State Forest. But the entire pipeline project also contains a segment in Bethlehem, New York just south of Albany, and another from the Agawam, MA compressor station down to East Granby, CT.

This walk will help bring attention to the re-drafting of the Connecticut Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) coming up this fall. The previous CES called for statewide conversion of home heating to natural gas. This projected demand became the sole cause of the CT Expansion pipeline proposal, but with heating oil prices dropping drastically, those conversions and the gas market they were suppose to create, never materialized, evaporating the need for the pipeline that is still slated to be built.

The new CES, which is currently being drafted and which will have public comment periods and hearings coming up soon, is an opportunity for the people of Connecticut to ask for more a more sound state energy plan. A wholesale change in direction with Connecticut’s new CES could help break the cycle of gas infrastructure and affect the Spectra AIM and Access Northeast projects as well.

The noon rally at the Agawam, MA compressor station will also highlight the plight of those living near the site, which is slated for expansion under Kinder Morgan’s CT Expansion project. Air, noise and light pollution already experienced by the surrounding neighborhood will be substantially increased if the CT Expansion pipeline project receives its final permits.

Arrive at 11:00-11:30 at Suffield Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Rte. 75 and 168 in Suffield CT, for parking.
» Map to Suffield Village Shopping Center

The People Over Pipelines CT Expansion Walk kicks off at noon on September 24, 2016 with a rally at the 1615 Suffield St. compressor station. Singers and speakers will address pipeline expansion, economic, health and safety and climate concerns. The walk will then continue 8 miles into Connecticut along the pipeline route. Shuttles will bring walkers to the Agawam starting point. Support vehicles will be available throughout the walk.

Participants are welcome to walk the entire route, or join in for as long or short as segment as they like. People from New York state and across New England are invited to stand up for these impacted communities and for a more sane energy policy.

This walk is sponsored by CT Chapter Sierra Club, No Fracked Gas in Mass, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Toxics Action Center, Food & Water Watch, Bethlehem NY EcoDefense and 350 CT.

For more information, please contact the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter at 860-236-4405, or email

If you're in CT or have friends, colleagues or relatives in CT, please share news of this event!

Featured Events

— President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline! On Tuesday, September 13th, people around the country are taking part in a day of action in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We're calling on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline. President Obama could step in any time and say "no" to this whole thing, like he did for Keystone XL.
Speakers will include: Senator Bernie Sanders, Tara Houska with Honor the Earth, Chase Iron Eyes with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Jasilyn Charger, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Youth and other native leaders from North Dakota. This action is being planned by:, Sierra Club, Honor the Earth, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO Mobile, Bold Alliance and many more.
» Sign up for this action here
» Sign up to volunteer here

5 PM - 6 PM
Pennsylvania Ave.
(Between Lafayette Sq. and the White House)
Washington, DC

Energizing & Democratizing New England's Energy Economy: 2016 Sustainability Summit. Join local energy leaders and concerned citizens from across New England to learn, share, and work together to catalyze a new energy economy in our region that is based on clean sources, thriving local economies, and access for all. Keynote speaker Sandra Steingraber, an acclaimed ecologist and author, will explore the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on climate change, chemical contamination, and shale gas extraction via fracking. Workshop tracks will be led by leaders confronting our current energy system, harnessing critical opportunities, creating new models, and thinking big about possibilities for access for all to clean energy. Sponsored by: The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Co-op Power, New England Local Energy Network, and Smith College
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Seeley Hall 

Smith College 

7 College Lane 

Northampton, MA
*No Fracked Gas in Mass will be tabling at this event. See you there!

Discussion panel at SEEDS. Important local issues and pipeline news from No Fracked Gas in Mass in conjunction with a collection of diverse artists and scientists who are not local. SEEDS 2016 is an interdisciplinary arts and ecology festival gathering artists, community activists, scientists, spiritual leaders, permaculture practitioners, and more for ten days at Earthdance. Through workshops, residencies, discussions, performances and artistic investigations, SEEDS aims to explore the potent space of art, allyship, movement practice, and ecology. By working with the connections between environmental racism, intersectional oppressions, power/territory, and privilege, SEEDS makes space for multiple voices and forms of participation while creating a space for embodied intelligence and collective inquiry.
Plainfield, MA
» See website or email for more info and for availability

SATURDAY — OCT. 29, 2016 — CASTLETON-ON-HUDSON, NY SNYFGPRenewable Energy Fair. Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline is sponsoring its first "Renewable Energy Fair". The goal is to educate the public about why the march towards renewable energies, conservation, efficiency and sustainability is so important at this time. Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline will have information and displays on residential, commercial, and community solar, wind and geothermal energy. Look for NYSERDA opportunities and grants, information about insulation and other energy efficiency products and services, Electric Vehicles, ways to pay your electric bill via renewable energy, information on conservation and sustainability (CSAs, light bulbs, composting, recycling...), food, beverage and children's activities. Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline is seeking exhibitors of residential, commercial or community solar, wind, or geothermal energy options from Columbia, Rensselaer and nearby counties in NY. We are also seeking information on insulation choices, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, sustainability, etc.

There are limited spaces available both indoors and outdoors. Complete the application and pay by September 15, 2016. To register, go to:
If you have questions, contact Bob Connors or Becky Meier at: 518-781-4686 or email
10 AM - 3 PM
Maple Hill High School
1216 Maple Hill Rd.
Castleton-On-Hudson, NY

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