Resolution passed: AWF challenges Diamond Pipeline

12 May 2017 2:33 PM | Johnny Sain

Arkansas Wildlife Federation board members passed a resolution requesting that the US Army Corps of Engineers decline approval of the Diamond Pipeline pending an Environmental Impact Statement. The vote took place during Arkansas Wildlife Federation's board meeting on May 6 at the Witt Stephens, Jr. Nature Center in Little Rock. 

"This was an easy decision for board members. The resolution passed unanimously," said Johnny Carrol Sain, interim executive director of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. "AWF is concerned about the potential dangers to wildlife, watersheds, and municipal water sources. We don't feel those potential dangers have been properly evaluated." 

The resolution will be submitted to the Corps of Engineers by its author and AWF board member Jim Wood. 

Founded in 1936, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation is Arkansas's oldest nonprofit conservation organization. AWF works with state agencies and other organizations as an advocate for Arkansas wildlife and habitats, and the sustainable use of natural resources



WHEREAS, Arkansas Wildlife Federation views our streams, floodplains and their function as valuable Natural State assets to be wisely managed and protected, and 

WHEREAS, this proposed $900 million, 424 mile, 20 inch, 200,000 barrel daily volume Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee Diamond Oil Pipeline route involves 500 waterways, drinking water for 250,000 Arkansans, fish, wildlife, wetlands and other aquatic resources, and

WHEREAS, Corps of Engineer decision to permit this major and significant three state  federal action under Clean Water Act Nationwide Permit 27 notably excludes the public from any information building input role, and violates the 40 CFR 1500-1508 National Environmental Policy Act process, and

WHEREAS, Nationwide Permit 27 applies only to activities that provide aquatic habitat restoration, establishment and enhancement, none of which is produced by Diamond Pipeline, and  

WHEREAS, Diamond Pipeline project is a major and significant federal regulated action that the National Environmental Policy Act requires all reasonable alternative routes must be analyzed, and 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Arkansas Wildlife Federation, at their May 6, 2017 board meeting, proposes and request that the Corps of Engineers decline approval of the proposed region-wide Diamond Oil Pipeline project and water related crossings until such time as the agency provides an approved Environmental Impact Statement sufficient to meet Council on Environmental Quality procedural requirements.     

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