F3 Supports City Council Resolution to Oppose DAPL

Protesters unite against the DAPL.

Protesters unite against the DAPL.

On Tuesday, 1/31 at 6:00 pm, the Flagstaff City Council will discuss whether to approve a resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Our previous City Council did not support a discussion of this item; however, the new council voted on December 20 to move it forward for discussion. You can review this agenda item and read sample resolutions from other cities here.

This resolution is especially relevant today now that President Trump has issued an executive order to advance the approval of the DAPL (as well as the Keystone Pipeline), undermining the previous victory by the water protectors at Standing Rock, who persuaded President Obama to block the pipeline.

A resolution by our City Council would demonstrate that Flagstaff stands with indigenous water protectors protesting the DAPL at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The pipeline has been re-routed through the Standing Rock Sioux reservation without the consent of the tribe. The DAPL would carry a particularly flammable type of oil (Bakken crude oil) across the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River, putting the entire watershed at risk in the event of an oil spill. The risks posed by this pipeline disproportionately impact indigenous people, contributing to a toxic legacy of environmental degradation on reservations that profoundly impacts the health of both people and the environment.

ACTION ITEM: Please join F3 in supporting this resolution by attending the meeting to voice your support or writing to your council members (council@flagstaffaz.gov). Please note that this is a discussion item and council will not actually vote on this item on Tuesday. Remember that if you can’t attend the meeting in person, you can watch it live here.