Pipeline Fighters Set Up Spirit Camp to Block Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline

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Photo by LaDonna Bravebull Allard, Last REal Indians.

by Matt Remle, Last Real Indians, April 1, 2016

On April 1st, hundreds gathered in Ft. Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation to show opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline.

the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens public health and welfare on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe relies on the waters of the life-giving Missouri River for our continued existence, and the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a serious risk to Mni Sose and to the very survival of our Tribe.” Standing Rock Sioux Tribe resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Riders on horseback set out from the tribal administration building traveling dozens of miles to the mouth of the Cannonball River where the projected pipeline will go through.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, if built, would transport as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois with a future capacity of 570,000 barrels per day. Its proposed route would cross the Cannonball River and across the Missouri River, twice.

The proposed pipeline would also threaten significant sites of historical and cultural significance to many Northern Plains tribes, including the Lakota, Dakota, Mandan, Arikara and Cheyenne.

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.” LaDonna Bravebull Allard (Lakota, Dakota)

We do not need oil to live, but we do need water, and water is a human right and not a privilege.” Waniya Locke (Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Anishinaabe)

The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, is backed by Texas based Energy Transfer Partners, who have received permits for construction from all four states the pipeline will cross. Its permit for construction now sits with the Army Corp of Engineers.

According to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal government, the proposed pipeline is also in violation of the Ft. Laramie treaty, “the Dakota Access Pipeline violates Article 2 of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty which guarantees that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe shall enjoy the “undisturbed use and occupation” of our permanent homeland, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.”

Of paramount concern is the threat the pipeline poses to drinking water.

The more concerning threat is what this pipeline WILL do to the environment. All pipelines break at some point in their lifetime. Pipelines spill their contents. And in some cases, pipelines explode.” Nicole Montclair-Donaghy (Lakota)

From a two-year span starting in January 2012, North Dakota experienced over 300 oil spills and 750 “oil field incidents”

After reaching Cannonball, a Spiritual Camp was set up at the point the pipeline crosses the river. Warriors have committed to staying in the spiritual camp until the pipeline is stopped.

The dangers imposed by the greed of big oil on the people who live along the Missouri river is astounding. When this proposed pipeline breaks, as the vast majority of pipelines do, over half of the drinking water in South Dakota will be affected. How can rubber-stamping this project be good for the people, agriculture, and livestock? It must be stopped. The people of the four bands of Cheyenne River stand with our sister nation in this fight as we are calling on all the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires to do so with our allies, both native and non native in opposing this pipeline.” Joye Braun (Cheyenne River)

Of the many atrocities we as Native Americans have faced and overcame, this is one which will affect not only us but all of mankind. Earth is our mother. We have to protect her.” Virgil Taken Alive (Standing Rock Sioux)

by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle)



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  1. Jonathon Spinney

    Planetary Change and the Real Catastrophe
    Oil, Coal and Crustal Displacement

    Copyright 2016
    By Jonathon Ray Spinney

    There is no doubt that the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting carbon monoxide releases in our atmosphere are rapidly changing our planet’s ecosystem. However, there is a much more serious fossil fuel issue that has been almost completely ignored by scientists, environmentalists and politicians. In fact, with few exceptions, almost nothing has been written about the more serious issue of crustal displacement.

    It is estimated that humanity is burning 80 million barrels of oil each day worldwide with an ever-increasing appetite. One barrel of crude oil weighs approx. 500 pounds. Five hundred pounds’ times eighty million is billions of tons. Humanity is also burning millions of tons of coal each day – billions of tons each month. Every single one of these “tons” is taken from the crustal mass of our continents.

    In reality, coal and oil are the remains of past life – compressed plant, animal and perhaps pre-human or human remains. Sudden catastrophes tend to bury large amounts of these remains in low places in the form of sludge and peat. As this material is buried over time, it is heated and compressed into coal and then into oil. It takes about 100 feet of compressed vegetation and animal mass to make one level foot of peat. It takes about 100 feet of compressed peat to make one level foot of coal and oil. Oil reserves have been found that are hundreds of feet deep. That is a lot of compressed, once living matter! That is all the life from the past on this planet. Modern society now feeds off these remains of past life and is literally “raising the dead” into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels.

    It is the mass of the Earth in the proportions given by nature in relation to all the solar system’s gravitational fields that determines the balance and stability of the axis tilt and the north-south pole alignment. If we change any of the major mass ratios of the earth, including the mass ratios of our planet’s crustal mass, it only stands to reason that a major shift in planetary balance will follow. Even a minor shift in the Earth’s polar axis would be cataclysmic: disastrous for human existence as we know it.

    What is almost insanely ironic about this is that we are feeding off of past planetary catastrophes to create a new one – a potential catastrophe beyond our wildest imagination. What does this mean for humanity in the coming years? I believe that potential outcome is clear. The Earth is currently balanced very precariously at a 23 ½ degree tilt on its rotational axis as it revolves around the Sun within the great gravitational belt that extends outward into the solar system. With the combination of the moon, planets and all the other gravitational effects, the Earth has maintained its delicate axis balance for thousands of years – ever since the last major gravitational shakeup which resulted in global floods, volcanic upheaval and the sliding of continental plates. (Some estimates put the last global shake up as recent as 10,000 years ago)

    Without going too far off the subject, I will say that there is absolute and conclusive evidence that the Earth has gone through such changes in the past and that the polar axis has shifted dramatically before. Large mammoth beasts have been found under the ice on this planet with undigested plant life still fresh in their stomachs. There must have been one very sudden axis shift to have frozen a whole tropical forest and all its beasts in a matter of hours. There is geological evidence of this type of sudden global change on every continent, on every mountain top and on every ocean floor. Bones of dinosaurs have been found in mass heaps from Siberia to Wyoming. Whole cites of people have been buried with ash and molten rock in a matter of minutes. There are sea shells and ocean fossils high in the mountains of the South Western United States – sometimes at elevations of 13,000 feet above current sea levels.

    There are many theories about the cause of past shifts in planetary balance: great meteors hitting the Earth, massive surface explosions on our Sun, galactic catastrophes and even the possibility of misused energy technologies by advanced civilizations in ancient times. Whatever be the case, there is no doubt that the Earth can change its axis direction and rotation speed at any given time sending the continental plates and the oceans into a 1,000 mile an hour slide. I believe we are heading for just such an event. I believe that we are bringing this event on ourselves.

    The removal rates of coal and oil from the crustal mass of the northern hemisphere is reaching epidemic proportions. Aside from the fact that we are completely destroying Nature’s perfectly tuned “carbon sink” which allowed for our oxygen rich atmosphere and the development of mammals and humans on this planet, we are rapidly turning the tables of planetary stability. Add to this the “fracking” that oil and gas corporations are rushing to expand all over the world, you can bet the process of crustal plate destabilization is speeding up. Natural gas is one of nature’s great pressure/equalizer forces in the crustal plates. Forcing out this gas from rocks and sediments will most likely seal the collective fate of humanity. The northern hemisphere is not balanced any more with the southern hemisphere. (Much of this plate disruption is happening in the northern hemisphere.) The planet’s axis is becoming more unstable. We are not looking at centuries or decades before a major crustal shift unfolds on this planet. We are looking at years and perhaps just a few years. It is imperative that we stop the removal of the Earth’s crustal mass as soon as possible.

    Having studied astronomy, planetary geology and space science for over 15 years, it is not that hard to predict the next major period of gravitational instability in our solar system – gravitational instability that directly relates to our planet’s gravitational fields in relation to the movement of other planets – especially Jupiter. Jupiter is so large that all of the other planets in the solar system could fit into it. Jupiter’s gravitational effect on the earth is immense. It is during these periods of gravitational instability that we are especially at risk of earthquakes, continental plate slides, tsunamis and perhaps the unavoidable rebalancing of our polar axis. Over the coming years, our solar system will experience more than one of these periods of gravitational instability.

    I did not write this article as some type of doomsday report or prophecy of disaster. What I have done and continue to do is gather information and knowledge – facts from planetary science, geology and the like. I have tried to weave this information into a holistic picture. There is doubt in my mind that the Earth has already begun to move towards an axis shift and that humanity is directly responsible for this movement.

    What motivates me to write these words is something more important than the subject of planetary change. At this point in the process, there seems to be almost nothing we can do to avert the dramatic Earth changes likely to unfold in the coming years. The removal of coal and oil from the Earth’s crust is increasing despite all the well-researched information on clean and safe alternative energy sources available to humanity. Oil has become a symbol of the problems and sickness within the collective soul of humanity. Forces of greed, materialism and destruction surround the auras of oil and coal. The most important thing we can do now is to rapidly advance our spiritual values with less and less focus on material gain. We must awaken to the truth that we are all one, on the same sinking ship, rotating in space. We must share with others. We must demand that our leaders in-act new policies and plans that stop destroying the Earth and we must do this with the conviction of change in our hearts. Our individual and collective fates are in our hands. Time is short and change must happen now.

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