Protest marches are scheduled today against President Trump’s efforts to push through approvals for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and revive the Keystone XL Pipeline.
One march will start in Saint Paul, meeting at Cretin and Marshall avenues. The other march will start in Minneapolis at 47th Avenue South and Lake st. Meet at either site at 3:30 p.m. They will both march to and converge at the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge. Bring signs and banners. This is a nonviolent protest. It will start with prayer, followed by speeches by community leaders and youth. Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli dancers will speak and dance. There will be an open mic and closing prayer.
The event is being organized by youth and MN 350. Here is the Facebook page.
Iowa Diesel Pipeline Spill
In related news MPR is reporting today on a pipeline spill in Iowa: ‘It’s a big one’: Iowa pipeline leaks nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel. The leak occurred in a 12-inch underground pipeline. (For comparison, the DAPL would be a 30-inch pipe carrying crude oil.) Because the pipelines are under pressure, once a leak starts, it leaks fast.
The MPR story said the pipeline, owned by Magellan Midstream Partners, “runs through Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, as a transport route for multiple refined oil products, ‘including Diesel, Gasoline, Jet fuel, Natural gasoline, Naptha, Propane, Natural Gas, Butane.'”
More than a foot of snow has fallen since Monday in some parts of north-central Iowa. As of Wednesday afternoon, cleanup crews had sucked up “about 25,000 gallons of diesel and a slush-diesel mixture,” reported the Globe Gazette newspaper in Mason City, Iowa.