Demand that a EIS be done!!


Why Citizens Should ACT Now  ( Demand an EIS)

Why say NO!! too the Bakken Pipe Line in Iowa. 


 We are concerned about the threat of contamination too our nations waters without the proper environmental studies being done, such as an EIS, Environmental Impact Statement. There is only an EIA Environmental Impact Assessment being done. This is not an adequate environmental study in light of the threats this project could create to our nations waters, and it's citizens and wildlife that depend on this water to survive.

We are demanding an EIS be done by the United States Army Core of Engineers because of reasons written below.

We are registering our opposition to the crossing of Iowa's lands, and waters including 75 rivers and streams. We are in opposition of the disruption of wetlands that are hydrologically connected to the Mississippi river. These rivers and streams provides the drinking water for 18 million US citizens and could easily contaminate these streams.

Below, we will list some of our concerns and why these threats should be considered before permitting is allowed. This can only be done with a complete (EIS) being done without threatening the well being of millions of citizens and there drinking water. 

The proposed Dakota Access pipe line project will cross the Iowa Counties of, Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Sac, Calhoun, Webster, Boone, Story, Polk, Jasper, Mahaska, Keokuk, Wapello, Jefferson,Van Buren, and Lee county in the state of Iowa.

It will travel hundreds of miles crossing 75 rivers. and streams US waterways.

It will be traveling on the New Madrid Fault-line. It shoock chandaliers in Washington DC and made the Mississippi run backwards. 

An EIS would take this into consideration.

Please print and sign an EIS demand.

See Main Page - EIS Forms/Affidavits 



       The three earthquakes and their major aftershocks.

          1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes 

  • The 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial earthquake of moment magnitude 7.5‑7.9 on December 16, 1811 followed by a moment magnitude 7.4 aftershock on the same day. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history.[1][2][3] They, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, then part of the Louisiana Territory, now within Missouri.

  • There are estimates that these stable continental region earthquakes were felt strongly over roughly 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 sq mi), and moderately across nearly 3 million square kilometers (1 million square miles). The 1906 San Francisco earthquake, by comparison, was felt moderately over roughly 16,000 km2(6,200 sq mi).

  • December 16, 1811, 0815 UTC (2:15 a.m.); (M 7.5‑7.9[2][3]) epicenter in northeast Arkansas. It caused only slight damage to manmade structures, mainly because of the sparse population in the epicentral area. The future location of Memphis, Tennessee, experienced level IX shaking on the Mercalli intensity scale. A seismicseiche propagated upriver, and Little Prairie (a village that was on the site of the former Fort San Fernando, near the site of present-day Caruthersville, Missouri) was heavily damaged by soil liquefaction.[3]
  • December 16, 1811 (aftershock), 1415 UTC (8:15 a.m.); (M 7.4[3]) epicenter in northeast Arkansas. This shock followed the first earthquake by five hours and was similar in intensity.[2]
  • January 23, 1812, 1500 UTC (9:00 a.m.); (M 7.3‑7.6[2][3]) epicenter in the Missouri Bootheel. Themeizoseismal area was characterized by general ground warping, ejections, fissuring, severe landslides, and caving of stream banks. Johnson and Schweig attributed this earthquake to a rupture on the New Madrid North Fault. This may have placed strain on the Reelfoot Fault.[3]
  • February 7, 1812, 0945 UTC (3:45 a.m.); (M 7.5‑8.0[2][3]) epicenter near New Madrid, Missouri. New Madrid was destroyed. In St. Louis, Missouri, many houses were severely damaged, and their chimneys were toppled. This shock was definitively attributed to the Reelfoot Fault by Johnston and Schweig. Uplift along a segment of this reverse fault created temporary waterfalls on the Mississippi at Kentucky Bend, created waves that propagated upstream, and caused the formation of Reelfoot Lake by obstructing streams in what is now Lake County, Tennessee.[3]

Susan Hough, a seismologist of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), has estimated the earthquakes' magnitudes as around magnitude 7.[4]

There were many more aftershocks including one magnitude 7 aftershock to December 16, 1811 earthquake which occurred on December 17, 1811 at 0600 UTC (12:00 a.m.) and one magnitude 7 aftershock to February 7, 1812 earthquake which occurred on the same day at 0440 UTC (10:40 p.m.).[3]

Eyewitness Accounts

 Eliza Bryan[6] in New Madrid, Territory of Missouri, wrote the following eyewitness account in March 1812.

On the 16th of December, 1811, about two o'clock, a.m., we were visited by a violent shock of an earthquake, accompanied by a very awful noise resembling loud but distant thunder, but more hoarse and vibrating, which was followed in a few minutes by the complete saturation of the atmosphere, with sulphurious vapor, causing total darkness. The screams of the affrighted inhabitants running to and fro, not knowing where to go, or what to do—the cries of the fowls and beasts of every species—the cracking of trees falling, and the roaring of the Mississippi— the current of which was retrograde for a few minutes, owing as is supposed, to an irruption in its bed— formed a scene truly horrible.

The purposed Dakota Access pipe line will cross 75 rivers and streams as well as the Mississippi river. The largest river in the the US. The Dakota Pipe Line not only threatens  the drinking water for millions but also endangered species and wildlife. Such as Sturgeon, Mussels, 


This will degrade Iowas wetlands.

We also anticipate that the Dakota Pipe Line will violate the Clean Water Act by discharging into a US waterway at each river or stream crossing not to mention only a few feet away from field tiles.

One can only imagine the damage that may occur if this line was to break at all 75 river and stream crossings.

This could pollute the drinking water for millions. 


With all the pipe line breaks in the last few years one can anticipate it's only a matter of time before we experience a pipe line break here in Iowa or other states that it will be crossing.






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