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In Standing Rock, the world is the bubble

Local singer/songwriter/videographer Scott Wilson posts a short film on the North Dakota pipeline standoff

Scott Wilson: "Possible arrest, harassment, indiscriminate shooting, and police eavesdropping. How could anyone turn that down?”
Scott Wilson: "Possible arrest, harassment, indiscriminate shooting, and police eavesdropping. How could anyone turn that down?”

“I just got back from the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline protests [in Cannonball, North Dakota],” says singer/songwriter Scott Wilson. “I edited a short video on the issues surrounding why they’re protesting the construction of an oil pipeline that would pass under the Missouri River, which provides 18 million people with drinking water.”

Video:

Call to Action

A Media Bridge Dispatch film by Todd Darling and Scott Wilson

A Media Bridge Dispatch film by Todd Darling and Scott Wilson

Between albums, Wilson keeps busy editing video footage, including music promos like the Goo Goo Dolls’ cover of Supertramp’s “Give a Little Bit,” TV shows like Rock Star: INXS, and musical documentaries like Under the Electric Sky, chronicling the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival. He’s also shot music videos for locals Seaholm Mackintosh, Jeffrey Joe Morin, and Podunk Nowhere, but this latest project is more about message than music.

“There are thousands of people at the Standing Rock camp right now and, until yesterday, there was virtually no national coverage on the protests outside social media. It was eye opening to see how peaceful protest actually works, and horrifying to see what the reaction is on the law enforcement side of the equation, with a pipeline that is being built without proper permitting and environmental impact studies.

“Like many, I did not know the details of what was happening at Standing Rock, and the first time I crossed that bridge and drove into that camp, I was in awe of the size and scope... As I explored the camp, the sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and selflessness was staggering.”

Wilson worked with videographer Todd Darling, who has been shooting footage at Standing Rock since September. During his week at Standing Rock, Wilson edited a short film, Call to Action, using portable equipment set up at the local community center.

“The center was filled with reporters that were blogging and reporting on the protests, and at one point there was a roomful of women dancing to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky,’ but I was too busy to even look up at that point, unfortunately. I was wearing headphones, but it occasionally got distracting in there with all the things that were happening in the background. I’ve been in an edit bay during an earthquake, but never with a roomful of women dancing to Daft Punk.”

Wilson: “I camped on the south side of the Cannonball River, which is the reservation side…it’s cold."

“A few days after I left, there was a confrontation with law enforcement where militarized police officers shot people with water cannons and rubber bullets...water protectors were taken to this same community center to be treated for their injuries.”

Accommodations were rugged. “I camped on the south side of the Cannonball River, which is the reservation side…it’s cold. Not a lot of showers. Occasional explosions of intense police violence. Possible arrest, harassment, indiscriminate shooting, and police eavesdropping. How could anyone turn that down?”

Still, he found himself surrounded by positivity. “There are six mess tents there that are feeding thousands of people, three times a day. There are places where they’re giving away clothes to people who are preparing for the snow of a harsh North Dakota winter. There are people sewing yurts, people doing water ceremonies, people carrying water buckets, people putting out fires, people cooking meals for strangers. People beating on giant water drums and singing with incredible passion. People looking after other people.”

The video edits were started late on a Thursday afternoon, and uploaded to YouTube that Sunday. “I also added some drum loops with my laptop using GarageBand.”

Wilson is pleased that the protests are finally earning press coverage. “To the world, Standing Rock is like a bubble. No one from the outside really knows exactly what’s happening there. There are dribs and drabs of information that escape the bubble, but the cooperative spirit of the place is totally invisible to the outside world.”

“When you’re in Standing Rock, the world is the bubble.”

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Scott Wilson: "Possible arrest, harassment, indiscriminate shooting, and police eavesdropping. How could anyone turn that down?”
Scott Wilson: "Possible arrest, harassment, indiscriminate shooting, and police eavesdropping. How could anyone turn that down?”

“I just got back from the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline protests [in Cannonball, North Dakota],” says singer/songwriter Scott Wilson. “I edited a short video on the issues surrounding why they’re protesting the construction of an oil pipeline that would pass under the Missouri River, which provides 18 million people with drinking water.”

Video:

Call to Action

A Media Bridge Dispatch film by Todd Darling and Scott Wilson

A Media Bridge Dispatch film by Todd Darling and Scott Wilson

Between albums, Wilson keeps busy editing video footage, including music promos like the Goo Goo Dolls’ cover of Supertramp’s “Give a Little Bit,” TV shows like Rock Star: INXS, and musical documentaries like Under the Electric Sky, chronicling the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival. He’s also shot music videos for locals Seaholm Mackintosh, Jeffrey Joe Morin, and Podunk Nowhere, but this latest project is more about message than music.

“There are thousands of people at the Standing Rock camp right now and, until yesterday, there was virtually no national coverage on the protests outside social media. It was eye opening to see how peaceful protest actually works, and horrifying to see what the reaction is on the law enforcement side of the equation, with a pipeline that is being built without proper permitting and environmental impact studies.

“Like many, I did not know the details of what was happening at Standing Rock, and the first time I crossed that bridge and drove into that camp, I was in awe of the size and scope... As I explored the camp, the sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and selflessness was staggering.”

Wilson worked with videographer Todd Darling, who has been shooting footage at Standing Rock since September. During his week at Standing Rock, Wilson edited a short film, Call to Action, using portable equipment set up at the local community center.

“The center was filled with reporters that were blogging and reporting on the protests, and at one point there was a roomful of women dancing to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky,’ but I was too busy to even look up at that point, unfortunately. I was wearing headphones, but it occasionally got distracting in there with all the things that were happening in the background. I’ve been in an edit bay during an earthquake, but never with a roomful of women dancing to Daft Punk.”

Wilson: “I camped on the south side of the Cannonball River, which is the reservation side…it’s cold."

“A few days after I left, there was a confrontation with law enforcement where militarized police officers shot people with water cannons and rubber bullets...water protectors were taken to this same community center to be treated for their injuries.”

Accommodations were rugged. “I camped on the south side of the Cannonball River, which is the reservation side…it’s cold. Not a lot of showers. Occasional explosions of intense police violence. Possible arrest, harassment, indiscriminate shooting, and police eavesdropping. How could anyone turn that down?”

Still, he found himself surrounded by positivity. “There are six mess tents there that are feeding thousands of people, three times a day. There are places where they’re giving away clothes to people who are preparing for the snow of a harsh North Dakota winter. There are people sewing yurts, people doing water ceremonies, people carrying water buckets, people putting out fires, people cooking meals for strangers. People beating on giant water drums and singing with incredible passion. People looking after other people.”

The video edits were started late on a Thursday afternoon, and uploaded to YouTube that Sunday. “I also added some drum loops with my laptop using GarageBand.”

Wilson is pleased that the protests are finally earning press coverage. “To the world, Standing Rock is like a bubble. No one from the outside really knows exactly what’s happening there. There are dribs and drabs of information that escape the bubble, but the cooperative spirit of the place is totally invisible to the outside world.”

“When you’re in Standing Rock, the world is the bubble.”

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Great story and wonderful video. Recent events -- and wintry weather -- have overtaken this information. The Army Corps of Engineers has now officially stopped Energy Transfer Company's unpermitted project until there is a full environmental impact report on the plan to cross under the wide Missouri River with a pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The Pipeline, which threatens the Missouri River drinking water for Sioux and other Native American tribes in the area, is slated to carry oil from the North Dakota Bakken oil fields to the Gulf of Mexico where it will then be shipped to other countries around the world. Earlier, a more northerly pipeline crossing of the Missouri near Bismarck, N.D., had been rejected as too risky for the water supply of that city's mainly Anglo residents.

Dec. 10, 2016

see below for response

Dec. 10, 2016

The Army Corps of Engineers has not stopped the Dakota Access Pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners has made a public statement that they are continuing work there and there is currently work being done at the drill pad north of the Standing Rock Reservation, which is within 320 feet of Army Corps of Engineers managed lands. There is no wording in the Army Corps of Engineers statement that says that the pipeline is being stopped. USACE has said that they are denying the easement at this time.

Here is the USACE statement in full:

https://www.army.mil/e2/c/downloads/459011.pdf

And the Energy Transfer Partners response:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161204005090/en/Energy-Transfer-Partners-Sunoco-Logistics-Partners-Respond

This week ETP went to court to attempt to get a judge to overrule the USACE decision and this will most likely not be decided in this court case until February.

The reports that the Army Corps of Engineers has stopped the pipeline started on December 4, 2016 in the media, and did not accurately reflect the actual statement of the USACE, included above.

Dec. 10, 2016

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