I have been asking the question:
Why aren’t the US media outlets taking steps to verify that President Donald Trump, no longer has any investments tied to either Energy Transfer Partners or Phillips 66, the companies associated with the construction and management of the Dakota Access Pipeline? (As per official election financial disclosure forms, the president definitely did have investments in both these entities.)
It should be obvious by now that “we the people” cannot take his word on anything, let alone, on “potential conflict of interest” issues. Mark Zandi, the chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, told ABC News that there’s no way to check if Trump actually sold his stock investments.
This is why it is so disappointing that the US congress members refuse to order the presidents IRS tax returns, when its members have the power to do so. The TX-R Rep. Kevin Brady 202-225-4901, as head of the House’s Oversight Committee, has stated for the record, that he has no intention to make this request.
See footnotes below for how to reach US senators and representatives. (www.senate.gov/senators/contact; http://www.congress.gov)
On 2/16/17, Democracy Now published the following report, “Standing Rock Sioux Sue for Halt to Dakota Access Pipeline:”
“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a fresh legal challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, asking a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to block an easement allowing construction on the final leg of the $3.8 billion project. Tuesday’s lawsuit came a day after a judge threw out a separate legal challenge calling for a temporary restraining order against construction.”
“The legal fight came as a top executive with the company building the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday compared his opponents to terrorists. In a written statement submitted to Congress, Energy Transfer Partners Executive Vice President Joey Mahmoud accused water protectors of violence and blasted them for shutting down pipeline pumping stations. Mahmoud wrote, “Had these actions been undertaken by foreign nationals, they could only be described as acts of terrorism.”
On 2/16/17, Nadia Prupis of Common Dreams published, “Tribe Files New Suit as Army Corps Announces Eviction Deadline for Water Protectors.”
The Oglala Sioux have joined the legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, filing a lawsuit this week calling on the agency to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an environmental review can be completed.
“Tribal leaders cited fear of water contamination in their lawsuit, which was filed Monday in the U.S District Court in Washington, the same day a federal judge rejected an emergency request from the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to delay construction.”
“The action comes ahead of the corps pledging to evict anyone still camping at the main resistance site in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on February 22.”
“The corps granted DAPL’s parent company its final easement this month and canceled the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) amid widespread protests.”
“After the Corps granted the easement for the DAPL to cross under Lake Oahe and stopped the environmental impact statement process, we really had no choice but to go to court to protect our rights under the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties to safe drinking water,” tribal President Troy “Scott” Weston said in a statement Monday.”
“The Oglala Sioux are situated in South Dakota, one of the four states the 1,172-mile pipeline crosses. The lawsuit warns that a spill in the Missouri River would violate Indigenous treaty rights, contaminate clean water for more than 200,000 state residents, and bring about other environmental devastation.”
“The waters of the Missouri River are sacred to the tribe,” the Oglala Sioux’s lawsuit states. “These waters give life to all of the creatures and plants on the tribe’s lands. The tribe has treaty- and statute-protected property rights to the waters of the Missouri River.”
“President Donald Trump, who took office pledging support for Big Oil, signed an executive order last month instructing the corps to expedite the DAPL approval process—reversing an effort by former President Barack Obama to halt construction until the EIS could be completed.”
“Kelcy Warren, CEO of DAPL’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, has previously referred to the water protectors and other pipeline opponents as terrorists.”
Resistance to the pipeline has been ongoing since last summer, with more than 200 tribes from around the country supporting the front-line efforts in North Dakota led largely by the Standing Rock Sioux. That tribe was also in D.C. court this week, filing a motion to overturn the Lake Oahe easement.
How To Call Your Representative To Protest The Dakota Pipelinehttps://www.bustle.com/…-how-to-call-your-representative-to-protest-the-DAPL..Nov 25, 2016
10 Ways to Help #NoDAPL if You Can’t Get to North Dakota http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/…/no-dakota-access-pipeline-dapl-standing-rock-sioux…Nov 28, 2016 – Call your representatives, senators.