Bakken Oil Pipeline meeting Tuesday, March 31 in Dayton
There will be a community meeting with Ed Fallon in Dayton at the Dayton Community Center, Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30 pm - 8pm.
Ed Fallon started his daily walk along the proposed Dakota Access - Bakken Oil Pipeline Route March 2. He blogs daily explaining his encounters, and the people for and against the pipeline and their reasons.
This pipeline will affect so many Iowans if it’s constructed. Fallon is not in favor of the pipeline sharing the opinion of other Iowans. Fallon mentioned a farmer being paid $60,000 for pipeline access.
Fallon said he is “starting to hear from lawyers that the contracts may be voidable.” Keep in mind, that is not a for sure thing right now. Fallon urged people to contact their State Representative and Senator, asking them to work on making stronger eminent domain legislation.
Peter Clay, works with local communities and coordinates the town meetings along the route.
“The Dayton meeting is meant to be a place where the members of the community can come together and be comfortable in sharing their opinion of the pipeline,” said Clay.
“The pipeline company had their informational meetings and put their point of view out there. Now is the time for communities along the proposed route to learn more about what the real risks are with this pipeline and to discuss the issue among themselves.”
Clay joined Fallon last year for 700 miles of the 3,000 mile cross-country Great March for Climate Action that Fallon organized. He is also a volunteer with the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition, a state-wide coalition made up of many individuals and more than fifty organizations.
Peter also mentioned that the Pipeline firm has been “very pushy toward the land owners forgetting that they do not have a permit yet for the pipeline.”
Ed wrote in his blog from the weekend that “Landowners are asking a lot of legal, procedural and technical questions that he can’t answer. Managing this critical task is David Goodner of the Des Moines Catholic Worker. David is one of the most promising young organizers I know, and he’s getting back in touch with the hundreds of landowners and rural Iowans I’ve met along the Walk.”
“Of course, with legal questions, it helps to have . . . a lawyer! Several experienced attorneys are working with landowners and other parties opposed to the pipeline. Wally Taylor with the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club and I recently discussed the contracts signed by landowners – many of whom are opposed to the pipeline. Here’s what Wally shared:
“A number of attorneys agree that the easements landowners are signing or being asked to sign by Dakota Access have serious problems that adversely impact landowners. In fact, for landowners who have already signed easements, they could declare the leases null and void. Landowners should not sign anything until they have discussed the easements with an attorney.”
“Review by an attorney would only require a short conference that would not be very expensive but could save the landowners a lot of heartache...” This is only part of Ed’s blog. To read his full blog check out his website daily at fallonforum.com/pipeline-walk/.