Standing Rock - EPA

Andrew Couts filed this request with the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States of America.
Tracking # EPA-R8-2016-010082
Status
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From: Patrick Howell O'Neill

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request for an expedited review of records under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following:

Records concerning/pertaining to the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners" created, sent or received by the Environmental Protection Agency between Aug. 1, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016.

Please include any correspondence, electronic or otherwise, sent or received, between EPA and authorities of the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois; Include, but do not limit your search to correspondence between EPA and Offices of the Governor, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the North Dakota Department of Health, and the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Additionally, include correspondence between EPA and any local or state law enforcement agencies in the aforementioned states regarding the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners."

We seek expedited review of this FOIA request pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(v)(II) because this information relates to impending legal proceedings to which informed members of the public might contribute. Timely public access to these materials is necessary to fully inform the public about the issues surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline and related developments.

As I am submitting this request in my capacity as a professional investigative reporter, I ask that you waive all applicable fees associated with the search, review and duplication of any responsive records. You may find a catalogue of my work here:http://www.dailydot.com/authors/dell-cameron/ (A letter from my editor at our New York office will be made available upon request.) The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. If our request for an expedited search is rejected, I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Dell Cameron
Staff Reporter
dell@dailydot.com
p 469-387-1810

Daily Dot
85 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

From: foia_hq@epa.gov

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d280e275bf)
* Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2016-010082
* Requester Name: Dell Cameron
* Date Submitted: 09/08/2016
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: Requesting records concerning/pertaining to the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners" created, sent or received by the Environmental Protection Agency between Aug. 1, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016.

From: engels.alan@epa.gov

The FOIA request EPA-HQ-2016-010082 has had its Tracking Number changed to EPA-R8-2016-010082. This is normally due to the request being transferred to another agency (for example, EPA to Dept. of Commerce) or to a sub-agency to process it. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Old Tracking Number: EPA-HQ-2016-010082
* New Tracking Number: EPA-R8-2016-010082
* Requester Name: Dell Cameron
* Date Submitted: 09/08/2016
* Long Description: Requesting records concerning/pertaining to the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners" created, sent or received by the Environmental Protection Agency between Aug. 1, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016.

From: gautam.nawodit@epa.gov

09/13/2016 02:32 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R8-2016-010082

Dear Dell Cameron:
In order for us to process your request we need to further discuss exactly what information you are seeking in your request.  Paragraph 1 of your request is too broad, and while it is somewhat narrowed within paragraph 2, we are not able to fully understand what coimmunications you are seeking.
Please contact the Region 8 FOIA Officer, Alan Engels, at 303-312-6306 or via email at engels.alan@epa.gov.  Please make note that I will be out of the office for the better part of next week, and need to be able to determine the scope of the request before leaving the office on Friday.  My normal office hours are M-F 7:15 - 3:35 MST. (mailto:engels.alan@epa.gov)
Sincerely,
Alan Engels Region 8 FOIA Officer

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From: gautam.nawodit@epa.gov

09/13/2016 04:11 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R8-2016-010082

From: gautam.nawodit@epa.gov

Your request for Expedited Processing for the FOIA request EPA-R8-2016-010082 has been denied. Additional details for this request are as follows:
* Request Created on: 09/08/2016
* Expedited Disposition Reason: See attached correspondence
* Request Long Description: Requesting records concerning/pertaining to the "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe," the proposed "Dakota Access" pipeline, and "Energy Transfer Partners" created, sent or received by the Environmental Protection Agency between Aug. 1, 2016 and Sept. 6, 2016.

From: Gautam, Nawodit

Mr. Cameron,

It was great talking with you over the phone this morning. Per our phone call conversation this morning, EPA-R8 will provide you with the documents you are seeking and disregard the emails for now. Please send me an email approving the clarification so that I can take the FOIA off hold and process the request.

Thank you,
Noah(Nawodit Gautam)
EPR-Admin Assistant/FOIA coordinator
303-312-7836

From: gautam.nawodit@epa.gov

11/21/2016 03:36 PM FOIA Request: EPA-R8-2016-010082

Dear Mr. Cameron:
We are still working on reviewing documents pertaining to your FOIA request.  We apoligize for any inconvience, however, we recently recieved the results of the email search we submitted and have begun working through the results to locate responsive documents.
Based on the current workload and time required to review these documents it is currently excpected that we should have the response completed on or about December 20, 2016.  If we are able to deliver the response earlier, we will.
Sincerely,
Alan Engels REgional FOIA Officer

From: gautam.nawodit@epa.gov

EPA-R8-2016-010082 has been processed with the following final disposition: Full grant.
Given the nature of this request, some records are only being released to you as the requester. If you have an account in FOIAonline, you may access those records by logging into FOIAonline. Otherwise, those responsive records will be sent via the method agreed upon with the FOIA processor. (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/home?objectId=090004d280e275bf)

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