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Road Trip to Cannonball, ND. Pipeline Protest Camp.

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by nwdiver, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. nwdiver

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    I'm thinking about driving up to ND in October... the weather shouldn't be too bad yet but I'm not overly familiar with that part of the country. Anyone else interested? There's a Casino and Resort with a couple dozen 50A RV spots 13 miles south of the Camp ~220 miles from the nearest Supercharger.

    Pretty sure Teslas and EVs in general are still a rare creature in North Dakota...

    Anyone else interested?

    Camp of the Sacred Stones
     
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    How cool is this? [​IMG]
     
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    Disturbing pictures from the front lines today... I'm more and more ashamed of my country everyday....

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    I'd be up for the road trip, but it's a little far for a Wrangler getting 19mpg.

    Nice to see the media STILL giving this absolutely zero attention.
     
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    #5 nwdiver, Sep 30, 2016
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    North and South American tribes are rising up against the insane expansion of fools fuel infrastructure.

    NO MORE PIPELINES!!!

    THIS.... ENDS.... NOW!

    This should be a historic event... inertia is on our side. We need to keep building momentum.

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    There was also this from Amnesty international in a letter sent to the Morton County Sheriffs office...


    "The use of heavy-duty riot gear and military-grade weapons and equipment to police largely peaceful demonstrations intimidates protesters who are practicing their right to peaceful assembly and can actually lead to an escalation in violence. Equipping officers in a manner more appropriate for a battlefield may put them in the mindset that confrontation and conflict is inevitable rather than possible, escalating tensions between protesters and police. Any police presence at demonstrations needs to be proportionate to the situation. Police deployed in larger numbers than appear necessary or deployed wearing protective clothing or riot gear can be confrontational and intimidating. As seen in many countries, inappropriate or excessive police interventions can actually lead to violence and disorder rather than reducing tensions.

    The U.S. government is obligated under international law to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of Indigenous people, including the rights to freedom of expression and assembly. It is the legitimate right of people to peacefully express their opinion. Public assemblies should not be considered as the “enemy”. The command hierarchy must convey a clear message to law enforcement officials that their task is to facilitate and not to restrict a peaceful public assembly."

    I was afraid they may not have time to read their mail since they're busy with the protests.... so I called their office and read it to them :)

    Morton County Sheriff
    (701) 667-3330

    Stutsman County was kind enough to lend their MRAP...
    (701) 252-9000
     
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    Welcome to Standing Rock.

     
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    Thank you for all of your work, and for reporting back on these developments.
     
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    It's an incredibly diverse group that has assembled in North Dakota. We don't agree on everything but we have one common goal. An end to the era of Fossil Fuels. It's the beginning of the end for this nonsense. Let's work together to finish this.

    What gives me hope that this isn't just a NIMBY issue is the growing awareness that we can't simply stop this one pipeline and shift to burden somewhere else. No more pipelines. No more oil. No more fossil fuels. This Ends Now.
     
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    I've been here on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in solidarity with the tribe for 3 days now. I arrived at the camp the morning that Shailene Woodley was arrested.

    It's incredible here... the people are very friendly for the most part but the direct action camp keeps things pretty tight for obvious reasons.

    There's about a dozen kitchens that have been set up offering great meals. The night I arrived they were serving Buffalo, Moose and Elk. A group of people with a banner on their car reading 'Muslims stand with Standing Rock' were cooking up fry bread today for everyone.

    As I mentioned previously it's an incredibly diverse group... an amazing experience. The camp is very peaceful and the people are generally friendly. There's a tremendous sense of purpose. Winter is beginning to set in so it's going to get dangerous to visit soon but I expect the camp will still be going strong in the Spring. If you can make it... it's absolutely worth the trip. More than money or donations we need numbers.
     
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    Leaving Standing Rock tomorrow. If this fight is still going in the spring I think I'll come back. The tribe appears to be determined to take advantage to the movement and publicity to build a permanent youth camp that will emphasize sustainable energy. I spoke to one of the women that owns the land where Sacred Stone Camp sits; they plan to start construction of permanent buildings in a few weeks.

    Most people have had little contact with solar energy let alone off-grid living. They have the magic wall plug that gives them unlimited energy. Old habits are hard to break. Touring the camp we discovered why the main 1.5kW array with a 48v 800Ah battery was getting run down... one guy had been running an electric space heater and the donation tent had ~800w of incandescent lighting. :mad: A little educating and hopefully things can run smoothly through the winter.....

    The talent here is incredible... we have a former executive chef running the main kitchen. I haven't seen her resume but judging by the meals they've been serving I believe it. Some of the best food I've ever had.

    My main focus has been a side camp called 'Red Warrior'. I set up a 12 panel array of really old donated Shell panels that are still working fine. We're adding 2 more 300w panels for a total of ~1.5kW. Helpfully they can get more batteries and a wind turbine for winter but the system is only being used for lighting and charing batteries so I think it should do ok.

    OPSEC is a high priority here so I didn't want to take too many photos but I was able to snap this one of the array we build. The carpenter that did the frame was great... slapped everything together in a couple hours.

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    More people are still arriving from all over.... this fight is only beginning. I did stress as much as I could that the best way to kill 'The Black Snake' is to starve it... sadly our addiction to petroleum is strong...
     
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    One final point to close out this thread; I joined a protest caravan yesterday but we were stopped by a police roadblock. The camp is playing a game of cat and mouse with the Sheriff. They sent 3 caravans each with >100 people. I heard 10 people were arrested for 'blocking traffic'... at a road block ??? The ACLU is investigating the tactics being used since blocking a public road to prevent a peaceful protest skirts the line of 1st amendment rights.

    Even if the pipeline is completed this was a victory. Morton county has spent ~$6M and counting on extra staffing. The locals and police are tired of the roadblocks and it's not over yet. This is a two front war. Reduce demand AND make building more fools fuel infrastructure as painful and costly as possible. Force the companies to seek eminent domain to obtain an easement... as land owners don't want the drama of a pipeline. The contractors that build them and the banks that finance them need to think hard if it's worth the trouble.
     
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    almost thought that was the army at 1st until i saw the police shield
     
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    Agreed! We should each strive to eliminate the use of fossil fuels from our lives (and to teach others to do the same). Those who own houses and drive a vehicle can typically cut 90% of GHG emissions without great difficulty by gradually implementing the following three changes:

    1. Electrify or human power everything:
    a. Replace oil or gas furnaces and water heaters with geothermal and/or air source heat pumps, passive or active solar systems, and/or electric.
    b. Replace gas or diesel vehicles and transportation with electric or pedal-powered transportation equipment and/or services, and minimize air travel.
    c. Replace gas-powered recreation, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, aircraft, etc. with electric, human or wind-powered alternatives.​

    2. Decarbonize your electricity:
    a. Purchase all of your power from a renewable energy supplier.
    b. Put solar on your roof (or in your back yard).
    c. Invest in community power wind and/or solar projects.
    d. Implement energy storage to help enable renewable energy.​

    3. Decarbonize your food supply chain:
    a. Cut out meat (especially beef and other high carbon meats).
    b. Grow food in your own backyard.
    c. Buy local.
    d. Buy organic.​

    We have integrated these changes into our lives over the past number of years and as a result no longer need to purchase gas, diesel or natural gas and have decarbonized substantially more electricity than we consume.
     
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    Full article at:
    Judge rejects riot charges for journalist Amy Goodman after oil pipeline protest
     
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    Construction sites now surrounded by razor wire...

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