Protesters of a $3.8 billion pipeline set to move oil across four states were dealt a blow this past week, when police raided their camps and arrested more than 140 people.
But the fight led by the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes against the Dakota Access pipeline also saw in influx of support from A-list celebrities—Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley—and $3 million in donations to help with legal costs, food and other supplies for the months-long demonstration.
This week, a group of San Jose city leaders are expected to officially support the protest. In a letter up for review at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Sam Liccardo said that the protest against the pipeline highlights widespread concerns about climate change.
“From reducing our dependence on fossil fuels to ensuring clean water—protection of our environment is an imperative for all people,” Liccardo wrote. “This project must undergo rigorous environmental scrutiny of all potential impacts, including the possibility of an oil spill and its potentially devastating impacts.”
Vice Mayor Rose Herrera added her signature to the letter along with council members Raul Peralez, Magdalena Carrasco and Chappie Jones.
The issue also touches on a fraught history of land grabs and broken treaties. In his letter, Liccardo stated that he hopes the federal government will engage in government-to-government consultations with the Sioux nation, which is fighting the pipeline construction in court.
“Open and meaningful engagement with the tribes shows our respect for their rights and concerns,” Liccardo's letter states. “We hope that the Army Corp of Engineers halts construction until all concerns are addressed and a comprehensive analysis of the impacts are considered.”
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for November 1, 2016:
- With voters poised to weigh in on Prop. 64, a Nov. 8 ballot initiative that would legalize cannabis for non-medicinal use, the city wants to pass an urgency ordinance to confirm that people will still need a license to sell or cultivate the plant. If the statewide measure passes, people would be allowed to grow up to six plants at home. But cities would still be able to regulate outdoor cultivation. “[G]iven the city’s past experience with medical marijuana, staff is recommending adoption of an urgency ordinance to make it explicitly clear to budding entrepreneurs that commercial recreational marijuana activities are not allowed in San Jose,” according to a memo from City Attorney Rick Doyle and City Manager Norberto Dueñas.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260