Learn more about this Thursday’s action in today’s press release…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 13, 2016
Pipeline Fighters to Rally and March After Court Hearing for Landowners Fighting Eminent Domain
Des Moines — Bold Iowa and coalition partners will stand in court on Thursday in Des Moines alongside Iowa farmers and landowners still engaged in a legal fight challenging the granting of eminent domain authority to seize their land against their will for the Dakota Access pipeline. After the court hearing, supporters will march to Cowles Common for a rally. People are advised to dress warmly as cold temperatures are forecast.
• WHAT: Court Hearing: Landowners vs. Eminent Domain, Sierra Club vs. Iowa Utilities Board
• WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 15
◦ HEARING: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
▪ Polk County Courthouse, 500 Mulberry St., Des Moines
◦ MARCH, RALLY & PRESS CONFERENCE: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
▪ Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines
• DETAILS: https://facebook.com/events/320666658289087
Landowner plaintiffs in the case include Cyndy Coppola of Calhoun County, who was arrested on her own land for which eminent domain authority is still under judicial review in this case.
Some of the many landowners’ complaints of violations by Dakota Access are documented by Bold Iowa here:
The District Court will also hear Sierra Club Iowa Chapter’s challenge of the Iowa Utilities Board’s (IUB) decision to issue a permit for Dakota Access to construct a hazardous liquid pipeline across Iowa.
Sierra Club’s attorney, Wally Taylor, will argue that Dakota Access did not show that the pipeline was necessary to serve the public; the impacts to the environment and the dangers of oil spills are reasons that the permit should not have been granted; and the IUB ignored the impacts of climate change.
Supporters will gather outside the courthouse before the hearing, beginning at 8:00 a.m., and will be available to speak to the media briefly before entering to secure seats inside the courtroom.
Following the hearing, Bold Iowa and coalition partners will then march to nearby Cowles Commons to host a press conference and rally from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., where landowner-plaintiffs challenging eminent domain, representatives from Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, Native allies and other advocates will be available to speak with members of the media. Besides the Sierra Club, other organizations partnering with Bold Iowa include the Bakken Resistance Coalition and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
Bold Iowa is part of the Bold Alliance, building a coalition of small-and-mighty groups in rural states to fight Big Oil, protect landowners against the abuse of eminent domain, and work for clean energy solutions while empowering a political base of voters who care about the land and water.
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