Elkhart native Nicole Bauman 'devastated' about construction on Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo suppliedNicole Bauman of Elkhart, pictured here on Dec. 1, 2016, at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, recently traveled there to show support for local indigenous groups and others opposed to construction of a proposed pipeline under the Missouri River.

ELKHART —  A local woman who spent over a week camping in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline says she is "devastated and horrified" that the project is moving forward. 

Nicole Bauman of Elkhart spent more than a week on a desolate, frigid patch of land with thousands of other protesters in early December to show solidarity and experience the ambiance of the encampment they formed, Oceti Sakowin.

The camp is located along the Missouri River on the northern edge of Standing Rock Reservation, which is south of North Dakota's capital city of Bismarck.

Now in California, Bauman said she may stop back in North Dakota on her way back to Elkhart to reinforce her feelings against the construction of the pipeline. She said the encampment was formed on April 1, 2016, and that protesters have been there to take a stand against a project they say is unlawful. 

The camp has thinned out to about 300 people and has cost taxpayers $33 million, according to local officials. More than 700 people have been arrested in clashes with law enforcement officials over the past 10 months. 

Bauman said it is important for people to get involved in stopping the pipeline because it could impact the health and safety of people who live in the area. 

"Building a pipeline right there is incredibly dangerous for the residents that live downstream on the Missouri River," she said. "There is a potential that people's drinking water could be contaminated by this pipeline." 

She also is concerned about the pipeline infringing on indigenous land and said the United States government needs to honor its original treaty with the tribes that call the area home. 

"This seems to be a sign that there is a lot more of this type of action coming down the road," said Bauman. 

TIME RUNNING OUT?

Protesters like Bauman are running out of time to halt construction of the pipeline. A federal judge on Monday refused to stop construction on the last stretch of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is progressing much faster than expected and could be operational in as little as 30 days.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled after an hourlong hearing that as long as oil isn’t flowing through the pipeline, there is no imminent harm to the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux tribes, which are suing to stop the project. But he said he’d consider the arguments more thoroughly at another hearing on Feb. 27.

Energy Transfer Partners received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week to lay pipe under the reservoir and complete the 1,200-mile pipeline. Drilling work began immediately under Lake Oahe, which is the water source for both tribes.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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(53) comments

Ma Yoder

Just for fun, Randy?
http://desperatedems.blogspot.com/
Some of the toons' are actually humorous.

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Ma Yoder

Randy. As in previous posts I've asked you to name names, companies and Big Money executives who you accuse of raping and stealing resources. You have yet to answer my query. With no examples, your conspiracy theories are nothing more than empty suppositions.

strtdude

Hey What if-- Too bad you can't do a better / more courageous job of defending your position. That run down stuff just aint cuttin it.

Joe King

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/319938-trump-signs-bill-undoing-obama-coal-mining-rule

bettermethanyou

Joe, if this is such a big deal why wait until the last 30 days of your presidency to do it?

fire111

Don't take me wrong Joe! I support protection of our resources. Just like old Gov. Moonbeam, out there in Californie! 9/2016 he signed a law to reduce COW emissions by 2030. Hope I live long enough. I can't wait to see a cow with "cowalytic converter". Oh the progressive mind!

savortheflavor

Yes lets trust the very people who work for corporations who told you cigarettes were safe and lead caused no harm to the environment. The funny thing is they reroute the "harmless" pipeline out of concern for a white community to dump it on the natives. Comrade trump and Tillerson are pure evil and the impeachment is overdue.

global hoosier

Joe king is the educated in this discussion. The number of acolytes for big oil in this area is apalling

RickVerde

Ha, oh my, that's so hilarious, thanks for the biggest laugh I've had all week !

strtdude

Sorry Steve, how silly of me to think the army corp. of engineers would fudge info to benefit the corporate imperialists.

fire111

There ya go Randy. I knew you would state your obvious conspiratorial demon!

strtdude

Id thought you would get a kick outta that Steve. But again, you think the army corp. of engineers would go against the energy sector? That is a comfy little world you live in there bub. Steve, a lot of people are catching on to the games bub. Be brave and think a little. I know you are frightened of reality, but really it is all rather entertaining if you just enjoy the show. We have the most comfortable and safest seats in the world theater. Don't be so fearful. It's a heck of a show.

Jonas

I also suspect that this young lady is so distraught that she walked to the protest site and is now walking home. By golly that would show those gas companies that she doesn't need them!

Jonas

I would be more impressed if the protesters would boycott the gas line running into their own homes. Stop using that gas for heat or using it for your car. Now THAT would be a protest that I might listen to. The solution for most of these people is "run the gas line through someone elses backyard not ours.

fire111

Certainly Joe you are more qualified than the governor of North Dakota and the Army Corps of Engineers to make a call on the environmental disasters. A 100 car crude train will transport 3 million gallons of crude and take 3 days to the Gulf coast. A pipeline transports 35 million at the same rate. And very many deaths accountable to the cross country pipeline transport. Nothing like the Quebec tragedy leveling most of a town and incinerating 47 lives. Remember in the US 70% of crude is transported by pipeline. Only 3% by rail. Canada pipelines transport 97%.

strtdude

But really steve, are you trying to tell us that the Army Corp of engineers can be trusted? That is just funny.

fire111

Don't stop the meds. Really Randy everything is not a conspiracy. If you walk that equatorial diameter of 7926 miles, the next step you take won't cause you to fall off the Earth. Really. It's a spherical or orb. At about 35,000 feet you can see the curvature. Now that's funny. You know. People that think everything is a conspiracy!

InterestedObservor

The Keystone pipeline will carry crude oil sourced in Canada to refineries in Texas, where it will be refined into gasoline, diesel, and other chemicals that will all be exported to other countries. Where is the benefit to the U.S. that offsets the risk of pipeline ruptures? Forget railcars in regard to the Canadian crude....no pipeline, no crude going through the U.S., because they won't carry that crude in railcars.

bettermethanyou

Interested, I'm about to blow your mind, but Canada is the single largest exporter of oil to the US providing the US with nearly 30% of it's oil imports. Venezuela is second on that list. Here is an important question for you, just how long do you want to sit at a railroad crossing on a daily basis waiting for those oil cars to pass? With nearly 150 trains already going through Goshen and Elkhart on a daily basis, how many more would you be willing to tolerate?

Johnnie Lynne

bettermethanyou
how aboutI blow your mind and tell you how wrong you are? Read it for yourself!

https://www.forbes.com/pictures/hefj45ghg/no-1-canada-32-mill/#3ef1c9e475d9

The canadian tarsands oil is a joke. Have you seen the pictures of the landscape of the area they are getting said "oil'? Maybe you should see it...it used to be a forest, now it's just a stinking pit!
https://www.google.com/search?q=canadian+tar+sands+oil+fields&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifn-LKhp_SAhVD4YMKHdE6CewQ_AUICigD&biw=1366&bih=659

obvioustruth

You might want to check your source on that statement

bettermethanyou

You are right, Johnnie, I was wrong. Instead of Canadian imports being 30% of our oil imports, they are now 40%, and Saudi has now surpassed Venezuela by 11% to 9%. Sorry about that mistake.

Rebecca

Nicole Bauman, suck it up Buttercup. Come on home, stop protesting, get back to work, get on with your life.

strtdude

Folks, in a debate that deals with the motion of Obama being just as obedient to the corporate polluters as Trump, do you think Joe king could prove that Obama is more concerned for the environment of the people and less obedient to the corporate polluters? It's funny to even imagine his attempt ,isn't it?

Joe King

Obama ordered environmental impact study here, trump cancled it. Obama and EPA had a bill to protect streams and waters of the USA, trump and GOP canceled it....enough, or continue.....GOP owns this and will come back to haunt them

MaxHeadroom

Joe please cite your sources for these claims? I haven't been able to google anything to support this post?

Joe King

Uh....all the news....try searching outside fox. Trump and the GOP just repealed the bill banning coal companies from dumping into streams. Trump and the GOP just prevented the bill from the EPA protecting streams and water...just happened these padt few weeks

MaxHeadroom

Well I asked for facts and you were unable to provide any. Kind of par for the course eh Joe?

strtdude

No Joe it aint enough. Obama is one of them. He aint one of us. It's a carnival show Joe. You are taking it way to serious.

RickVerde

Your comments are silly. Somebody got haunted here alright, and that would be the guy who just left the White House and the female crook who tried to take his place !

bettermethanyou

Hey Joe, don't forget that the EPA also named "breathing" as a pollution creating activity under the Obama administration. I'm not a tree hugger or a radical environmentalist, I do however consider myself to be a realist. I am aware of a business here in Goshen that owned and operated several gas stations in the area. In the general area of one particular station, a single resident claimed that the storage tanks of that station were leaking, thus polluting the underground water supply. The first thing you look for proving or disproving that accusation is inventory inequalities, and none existed. Multiple examinations by highly qualified folks over a period of ten years came to the same conclusion, whatever contamination existed was NOT a result of leaks at said gas station. But still this one resident persisted, so here comes the EPA and using only the anecdotal evidence offered by said resident, and looking at absolutely ZERO offered by the company the EPA ruled in favor of the resident, and the former owner of the station (he sold it 7 years earlier) was ordered to pay a substantial monetary fine. For way too many years, the EPA has had unrestricted regulatory ability, and most of their activities aren't as much scientific based as they are ideological. I agree there needs to be respect for the environment but there also needs to be respect for business activity; this one or the other has to stop.

Joe King

Max, do your own homework...you made it to this site, surely you can find others besides fox...just because you can't find it or choose to disbelieve it doesn't make it untrue...

fire111

Pssst Joe! When did that Obama bill go into effect? 1/19/2017. Tell ya anything Joe? Congress got rid of more over site regulation. Almost all the Obama bill was contained in many other laws. Barry's law was law 14 days!

MaxHeadroom

Just as I thought Joe, you cannot back up your claims, as usual. You're the one spouting off about Trump doing this and that. You have the burden of proof of your statements, not me. Why even post comments if they can't withstand fact checking?

Joe King

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/319938-trump-signs-bill-undoing-obama-coal-mining-rule

Just signed last week idiots....already trying to forget what trump and the GOP are doing to the environment....sad really, but not unexpected....

MaxHeadroom

Joe we're talking about the oil pipeline right?

Joe King

Trump and the GOP making America great again by polluting, contaminating water and air, and ignoring environmental experts for their own agenda...you own this, and we will remember....

fire111

Ya know Joe, we need to get rid of the COWS cause EPA said their belching and flatulence is a major polluter also!

MaxHeadroom

Gosh I would love to join her but I have this thing called a JOB. How did she get to North Dakota? And then to California? Did she travel by way of a vehicle that uses oil? Hmmm weird?

Joe King

I love how all these hypocrites post about their concern over trash. Trash that can be easily picked up, but voice no concern over oil contaminating a source of drinking water. Are you all that simple minded and forgetful that you forgot about the oil spill in Kalamazoo, in the river in 2010? The one they are Still cleaning up? What about the one in Jones, Mi? Bet you never even heard of that one? Thanks trump and the GOP...making America great again by polluting the water and even repealing a bill that preven s coal companies from dumping into streams and water...you own this and we will remember.

fire111

How about those hypocrites huh Joe? You know like the ND governor and the US Army Corp of Engineers. Both are say the possibility of a MAJOR ecological disaster is looming. Huge pits full of human waste and garbage and other chemicals. Soon as those floods hit the area, there is no telling where this sludge will end up. Mr David Archambault, who urged people to join the protest, now believes that was certainly not a good idea! Just wondering Joe, in your expert opinion what would be the safest transport method? Or would you just rather not use that oil and depend on other "friendly" nations to supply us? There 1000s and 1000s and 1000s of miles of pipelines crossing our nation. Aw heck! Let's just shut em down. Go back to firewood to heat and French fry oil to power vehicles. It will be just like camping. And I luv that!

Joe King

Fire, you truest are naive if you are comparing human waste and refuse to a major ecological disaster and not oil in the water. Especially tar sand oils filled with unknown chemicals to pump and transport it. Rails and existing pipelines will work. At least it can be cleaned up easier as compared to oil pipes underground and under water. Again, still cleaning up the river in kazoo from 2010. Still. What's more troubling is you believing this oil will be benefiting us and the USA. If it was, it would be going to a refinery up north, instead, it is going south to be shipped out. Even Canada didn't want a pipeline going across their country. Why should we?

fire111

Hopefully Ms Bauman will contribute to the cleanup catastrophe she helped create. I doubt it! Protestors just show up because they want to be a part of something. Anything! Let's see. The pipeline is almost complete. Like 90%. It DOES NOT cross ANY indian owned lands. The pipeline is 1 of MANY DOZENS crossing major waterways in North Dakota and across the Missouri. Where it will cross the Missouri it will be 90 feet below the river bed. Not everyone wishes to live a life devoid of heating fuel, gasoline and the many products that fossil fuel now contribute. So Ms Bauman, try directing your ire another way. Try to find alternatives to that fuel you expended, that fuel that warms you, that fuel that clothes you, and most probably employs you. Well maybe not you!

LennyDee

*several hundred THOUSAND miles

LennyDee

How much trash did you leave behind out there? Seriously, there are several hundred miles of pipelines in the US. This one is just a political tool.

Chomes

The Standing Rock Sioux have been telling the protesters to leave the site since December. Thanks to the protestors it is now a bio-hazzard due to abandoned vehicles and human waste that could be swept into the Missouri River when spring rains hit. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/andrew-eicher/evac-ordered-human-waste-abandoned-cars-create-potential-environ-disaster

Leeet

Hey, chomes, everyone knows that cns 'news' = FAKE NEWS.....please, give US one LEGITIMATE news source to back up your 'bio hazard discussion'.....while looking for sources to back up your story, in four pages of sources, the only'io hazard' talk by Legitimate news services was about all the pepper spray the police have sprayed on people standing in the river may harm people downstream....."I LOVE THE UNEDUCATED!"

Chomes

IJR, Forbes, local news both TV and print. Have you tried Google? Educate yourself.

sidearm

What is a legitimate news source?

strtdude

I am always amazed at these protests. Those involved never speak of any different economic models out of fear of being labeled socialists or what have you, yet they want to pretend or imply that the existing economic model can go on as usual with all of the deterrents that they wish for. It is sadly inconsistent or devastatingly timid, on the part of supposedly thinking individuals. Here, let me say this for those that are afraid to say it. Capitalism cannot support sustainability. The cost of doing things "carefully" while making huge profits, cannot be absorbed by the market. We would be paying ten dollars or more for a gallon for gas if all surrounding environmental issues were a moral concern. Do we need to get into the engineered destruction of third world countries so that the people there cannot hope for infrastructure from the sale of their vastly under priced natural resources? Folks, it is a big old ugly world. Just enjoy what is left of it if you do not have the political courage to confront the realities.

what-if

I am amazed that there are those who still care about the sustainability of our resources even if it risks a slower rate of economic growth. I am amazed that we have a choice of energy sources. I am amazed that science and technology continues to provide better ways to switch over to cleaner energy and more sustainable energy sources. I am amazed and so glad to see that profits can be made and jobs are created in the clean renewable energy world.

I am not choosing to protest, but amazingly I can make choices that waste less and pollute less so that a few more generations might have health, education, and well being -- no matter where in the world they happen to have been born. I am amazed by the good choices available to us.

Ma Yoder

I am loving this! Randy is still his indomitable self in that he continues to spew his conspiracy theories. Folks, this is how Randy is...spewing his undocumented theories with no proof or documentation of same.
Thanks for the humor, Randy.
Oh...and I recently read that Elvis is alive and well and is living under a fake name somewhere in South America. Randy should check the veracity of this...

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