Save Our Illinois Land (SOIL) is a coalition of community members and landowners across the state that is concerned about the impact of pipeline infrastructure on Illinois’ land, waterways and our future.
The Trump administration approved the Keystone XL pipeline in early 2017 and thought it was a done deal. We were fighting then and we’re fighting now.
The administration is at it again — this time trying to skirt key environmental analysis that protects our waterways and communities. Thankfully, with people power, we can fight back, and we have until June 25th to make sure they don’t get away with this sneaky maneuver to get this harmful pipeline approved.
The State Department is taking public comments on this project in an attempt to use a sneaky maneuver to fast-track the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. In doing so, they are taking a shortcut around the environmental review that we need to protect water, agriculture, wildlife, and the communities that call these places home.
We know that the Keystone XL pipeline is all risk and no reward. Instead of doing an analysis that would show that this project is too risky to build, they are avoiding anything that would keep them from moving full steam ahead. If tens of thousands of us participate in this official public comment period which ends on June 25, they’ll have no choice but to hear our objections loud and clear on this sneaky maneuver.
Keystone XL would carry 830,000 barrels of the world’s dirtiest oil — tar sands — every day from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It would be responsible for annual greenhouse gas emissions each year equal to 37.7 million cars — a disaster for our climate. It’s also yet another example of the government trampling on the rights of Indigenous peoples: Keystone XL would cut directly through Sioux treaty lands and near several other tribal reservations and the Ponca Trail of Tears, yet Tribal Nations in Nebraska and South Dakota have not been properly consulted.
This pipeline is bigger than Trump. It’s about the Native Nations whose land and water are threatened, the farmers and ranchers whose land would be taken away to benefit a foreign corporation, and the special places — like the Nebraska Sandhills which are home to threatened wildlife, including whooping cranes, sandhill cranes, and bald eagles — that lie in the path of this dirty pipeline.
Ultimately, this pipeline is about the kind of future we believe in. We need to take action now to build that future that relies on clean, renewable energy instead of locking ourselves into fossil fuel infrastructure for decades to come. People power stopped the Keystone XL pipeline before and we can stop it again.
This fight has never been easy, but we won before because we refused to back down. We are not about to stop now. We can win again. Submit your public comment now.
“Let’s Not Subsidize Our Own Extinction”: Rallies Across Canada Denounce Trudeau’s Kinder Morgan Buyout
“This could cost $15 to $20 billion all told. That is money that could solve the drinking water crisis in Canada on First Nations reserves.”
Expressing outrage at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement last week that his government will purchase Kinder Morgan’s climate-killing Trans Mountain pipeline with $4.5 billion in taxpayer money, demonstrators took to the streets at over 100 locations across Canada on Monday in a grassroots effort to stop the Kinder Morgan “buyout.”
Bold Iowa & Indigenous Iowa video presentation
June 2, 2018
In the following video, Bold Iowa, Indigenous Iowa, a local Landowner and the attorney representing the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against current Eminent Domain legislation captures a presentation called “Roadshow, Ames, Iowa” which was held on June 2, 2018.
This link will provide you with direct access to the entire video.
The host is Ed Fallon who has a unique handle as a “fighting urban farmer, climate warrior defending Mother Earth against corporate Terrorists.”
Later in the video, Wally Taylor an attorney representing The Sierra Club’s fight against Eminent Domain presents the rationale for the lawsuit “to stop the oil flowing.”
At 22:54 minutes, a Landowner presents a slide, depicting a motor grader having slipped into the trench after a downpour. This action completely ignores the construction protocol demanded after wet conditions. Not shown in the slide are numerous other pieces of construction equipment tearing up the soil in total disregard to the agreement with the Landowner. Further, in the video, several Indigenous women present a powerful narrative of their cultural relationship with Mother Earth. They emotionally show the pain and the sadness that they see every day as their land is destroyed by pipelines carrying fossil fuels.
A Good Watch!! The SOIL Team
TURNING TO FRACKING…..
Upcoming Events (Summer 2018)
Below is a summary of ILClimateActivists upcoming #climatecrisis related events. Always check with event coordinators or official event sites for latest updates. Please add your climate-related events to future summaries on our event form.
Saturday, June 23
9:00am – 1:00pm
SOLAR POWER & ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Solutions and Applications at Home, for Businesses and the Community
Monday, June 25
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Celebrate the Transition to Renewable Energy – with EVs
Monday, October 29, 2018
8:00am – 6:00pm PDT (Note: this is local time in Eugene, Oregon)
Stand with #youthvgov at the Trial of the Century!
Sign the Petition: Demand JPMorgan Chase Stop Funding the Climate Crisis
JPMorgan Chase continues to fund disastrous projects and companies that drive the climate crisis.
Rainforest Action Network’s most recent report shows that JPMorgan Chase has increased its financing for coal mining by 21x in 2017 and increased funding to one of the dirtiest sources of energy on the planet, tar sands.
Tell JPMorgan Chase we will not stand for their destructive banking practices by signing the petition. Defund Tar Sands and Coal now!
See patterns in bank financing for extreme fossil fuels for several banks here.