Tell These Governors: Reject the Dakota Access Pipeline’s Massive Expansion

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Your letter will be delivered the following governors: Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

The Dakota Access Pipeline currently transports over 500,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken shale oil fields in North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa, to an oil terminal in Illinois. Yet, Energy Transfer, the company behind the pipeline, wants to double its capacity via the construction and expansion of new pump stations within your state borders.

Since its operation began in 2017, DAPL has been spewing emissions equal to 30 coal-fired power plants each year. Doubling its carrying capacity would boost this number through the roof. And in a climate emergency, the last thing we need is new fossil fuel infrastructure.

In North Dakota, Tribal nations have publicly opposed DAPL, citing an increased threat of spills and contamination in Lake Oahe, less than a mile from the tribe's reservation. And in Iowa and Illinois, community groups have rallied against the proposed expansion, citing the threat of more frequent – and larger – disastrous leaks on hardworking farmers’ fields.

This proposed expansion would prioritize fuel company profits over the public interest. Given the severity of our climate crisis, the last thing we should be doing is expanding pipelines to ship dirty tar sands for export around the world.

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    Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) owner Energy Transfer has announced plans to DOUBLE the pipeline’s carrying capacity – increasing daily shipments from over 500,000 barrels of oil per day to over 1.1 MILLION barrels per day. But this plan requires state permits, which means the governors of Illinois, Iowa, and North Dakota can put a stop to it.

    In Illinois, Energy Transfer wants to construct THREE pump stations within a half-mile of hard-working farmers’ fields. In Iowa, it plans to expand an existing station to a much larger size. And in North Dakota, the plan would mean a new pump station built along the hotly contested pipeline route. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has publicly announced its opposition, citing an increased threat of spills and contamination in Lake Oahe, less than a mile from the tribe's reservation.

    At a time when it’s clearer than ever that we can’t afford to build any more fossil fuel infrastructure, doubling DAPL’s capacity is the last thing we need. Increasing the pipeline’s capacity will not only wreck the climate even faster, but could lead to more frequent – and larger – disastrous leaks.

    For years, Tribal nations, landowners, and organizers from across the country fought to stop the construction of DAPL. And even though we lost the initial battle, support from local community groups is growing by the day to stop this massive expansion. Join us to say ‘No more!’ to Energy Transfer and treat the climate crisis with the urgency it deserves.