Stop the Diamond Pipeline

The Diamond Pipeline project is a $900 million, 20-inch crude oil pipeline proposed by Plains All American Pipeline and co-funded by Valero Energy that would begin in Cushing, OK and route 440 miles through Oklahoma and Arkansas, terminating at Valero's refinery in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Diamond Pipeline threatens the Arkansas, Mississippi, White and St. Francis Rivers. 

The pipeline would also cross Native American cultural sacred sites and burial grounds on the historic "Trail of Tears," which marks the path that many Native Americans were forced to march and died en route to reservations in Oklahoma.

While the Diamond Pipeline has already been granted permit approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Plains All American failed to consult properly with Tribal Nations about the pipeline -- a violation of federal law that ignores tribal sovereignty and condones environmental racism.

"We cannot sit idly by. Our ancestors died along this trail, and we have many unmarked graves there," said Mike Casteel, director of American Indian Movement (AIM) - Indian Territory. "We no longer accept poisoning-for-profit by any government or private corporation." [1]

With the recent epidemic of earthquakes in Oklahoma brought on by oil and gas drilling wastewater injection, another massive pipeline through Cushing, OK ("Pipeline Crossroads of the World") adds to local concerns that a fracking-induced tremblor could also cause the pipeline to burst. [2]

Plains All American's Dangerous Record of Spills

  • In 2015, a Plains All American pipeline spilled over 100,000 gallons of oil in Santa Barbara, California, polluting Refugio Beach and coastal waters.
  • Since 2006, Plains All American has reported 223 incidents along its pipelines, that spilled a combined 864,300 gallons of hazardous liquids.
  • Federal regulators have leveled 25 separate enforcement actions and $32 million in penalties against Plains All American in the past ten years. 

Bold Oklahoma calls on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the impacts of the proposed Diamond Pipeline.

The environmental review must take into account the Diamond Pipeline's threat to crucial sources of clean drinking water, and the Army Corps must fulill its duty to properly consult with Tribal Nations on threats to cultural sacred sites and burial grounds on the Trail of Tears. 

Economic Impacts

  • While the company touts the "job creation" the pipeline would bring, the Diamond Pipeline would create just 15 permanent jobs after construction. [3] 
  • The Diamond Pipeline is also abusing eminent domain for private gain, taking farmers' and landowners' private property against their will to build the pipeline, and threatening their very livelihoods in the event of a spill.

The Diamond Pipeline is trampling sovereign rights, abusing eminent domain for private gain, and threatens our land, water and climate. 

Sign Bold Oklahoma's petition to the U.S. Army Corps: Conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Diamond Pipeline. 

REFERENCES: 

[1] "Fight Against Diamond Pipeline Spans Three States," BoldOklahoma.org, 1/27/17. 

[2] "So far, no verifiable damage to pipelines after Cushing quake," UPI, 11/7/16.

[3] "Diamond Pipeline Gets Green Light From PSC To Begin Work On $900 Million Project," KUAR, 9/7/16.