IOWANS TO HOST MAY 28 CANOE/KAYAK FLOTILLA & PUBLIC EVENT IN PROTEST OF BAKKEN PIPELINE
On Saturday, May 28th, seventh-generation landowner Sylvia Rodgers Spalding and members of the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition–a statewide group of 30 organizations united to stop the construction of the Bakken pipeline–will lead a day of action in protest of the Bakken pipeline near Oskaloosa, Iowa.
At 9 am, the Coalition will host a press conference at the Glendale public boating access located 4 miles northeast of Oskaloosa on T65 (Oxford Ave.). The group will then launch canoes and kayaks to float the section of the South Skunk River at risk. The group will pass the Rodgers’ property adjacent to the proposed Bakken pipeline route and disembark north of Queen Avenue.
At 3 p.m. following the flotilla, the group will host an informational meeting and book reading of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America at the Book Vault (105 S Market St, Oskaloosa, IA 52577). Carolyn Raffensperger, Fred Kirschenmann, Angie Carter, and Rachel Morgan will read their contributions to this recently published anthology. In addition, area landowner Sylvia Rodgers Spalding and members of the BPRC community will provide information about the growing movement to stop the Bakken pipeline in Iowa.
The group is calling upon the US Army Corps to require a full environmental impact statement and to reject the permit for construction. “It is unthinkable that an environmental impact statement has not been required to assess the potential environmental, economic and cultural impacts that could occur during the construction and running of this proposed 30-inch pipeline, which would transport up to 18 million gallons of crude oil at a temperature of 150 degrees each day,” Spalding said.
The press and public are invited to both events.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/128091674265861/
The Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition is a growing grassroots coalition of landowners, community members, non-profit organizations, and interest groups united to stop the construction of the proposed Bakken Pipeline.