Army Corps denies pipeline crossing

Submitted: Dec 04, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

12-4-16

U.S. Army

Army will not grant easement for Dakota Access Pipeline crossing

Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, moira.l.kelley.civ@mail.mil

https://www.army.mil/article/179095/army_will_not_grant_easement_for_dakota_access_pipeline_crossing?utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionkit


The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.
"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing." 
Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.

 

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Baseline #4: Conflicts of interest

Submitted: Dec 03, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 The Trump presidency, its cabinet shaping up to be a plutocracy, is likely to become the most corrupt executive the United States has ever seen. This entry in our Baseline Series concerns only the president-elect's conflicts of interest, not those of the rest of his cabinet-of-the-wealthy. The exception to The Donald's plutocrat law is a retired US Marine general, who he chose for his secretary of defense. The selection of Genl. James Mattis shows Trump's contempt for the law excluding the general from serving in that position for seven years. It is one more example of that general contempt for the law and adds to the pattern of lawlessness this regime was elected to represent.

The appearance of corruption is an important principle established by several US Supreme Court decisions. Donald Trump must do whatever he can to stomp that principle into historical dust in order to continue on his merry way. The media, as it has been from the beginning with Trump, focuses on Mattis's nickname because it is always important to divert the attention of the children.

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Baselines #3: Geopolitical, US military, US propaganda

Submitted: Dec 01, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

These articles discuss the present geopolitical situation of the United States as Donald Trump prepares to be the president; the condition of the American military; and the accelerating growth of propaganda and the appearance of "weaponized" journalism. Again, the purpose of this series of baselines is to give readers some basis of comparison between the present and what the Trump presidency might bring. -- blj

 

 

  

11-9-16

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Baseline #2: State of the species

Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 “Nowhere is this more evident than in California’s Central Valley, where intensive land development and use has threatened or extirpated dozens of native plant and wildlife species,” McConnell said. -- Central Sierra Audubon Society, Union Democrat, Nov. 11, 2016

And right here in the North San Joaquin Valley, the University of California built a brand new campus on top of endangered species habitat, which stimulated the biggest building boom in regional history. But now UC scientists are poised to closely study  the extirpation of species in the region.

 Extirpation is technocratic euphemism for wipe out, obliterate, or utterly destroy. -- blj

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Baseline #1: State of the trees

Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We present a series of baselines at the beginning of the Trump Regime. -- blj 

 

11/22/16

The Pine Tree

New Aerial Survey Identifies More Than 100 Million Dead Trees in California

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The water gang's all here to welcome Trump

Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

  The water gangsters in the San Joaquin Valley act greedier by the year, the public falls silent, and the media constantly repeats the propaganda of special interests and their bought politicians. The environment for man, woman, child and all the flora and fauna of the valley deteriorates at accelerating speed. Maybe University of California scientists are developing a special mathematical derivative to plot that acceleration toward extinction of wildlife and another for increases in respiratory illnesses from asthma to lung cancer in the worst air-pollution region in the nation.

Agribusiness, its profits rendered inviolable by the last Farm Bill, now has Trump as president, the president of all the corporations. Westlands Water District lobbyists have a member of their team leads Trump's Interior Department transition team. This leads to the comic vision of Sarah Palin as Secretary of Interior attempting to understand the California water delivery system.

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Let us now praise famous musicians

Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Leonard Cohen  (September 21, 1934 -- November 7, 2016)

Suzanne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o6zMPLcXZ8

 

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Welcome to Developer Nation

Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 People who have stood up for the environment, better air quality, water quality, and for endangered species and their habitats, against irresponsible development, became familiar years ago with the mentality of our president-elect, who is busy leaving his footprints all over the US Constitution. 

 

 

11-14-16

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La Nina totters in

Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 11-11-16  

Scientific American
WEATHER

La Niña Likely to Exacerbate Southern Drought

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