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Greenpeace sued over Dakota Access Pipeline

Aug 31

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Greenpeace and other NGOs accused of 'eco-terrorism' for blocking DAPL  

 

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the firm behind the controversial oil pipeline in the USA, has sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First labelling them “rogue terrorist groups” for campaigning against the pipeline. 

The Dakota Access Pipeline has attracted huge controversy, especially from Native Americans, who claimed the pipeline would threaten their health, their only source of water supply and sacred sites. 

 

Image: Dakota Pipeline

Photo credit: David Tong via Flickr. 

 

Ethical Consumer wrote about links between the Royal bank of Scotland and this project last year.

Thousands of people created a permanent protest site at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota in 2016, until President Obama halted the pipeline's construction in December. 

Trump’s involvement

However, it only took the new president, four days in office to overturn Obama’s decision and order the pipeline to be completed and to use aggressive force to shut down the camp. 

Trump is considered to have a vested interest in the pipeline’s completion, having invested money in ETP. 

Additionally, ETP is represented by Kasowitz, Benson & Torres LLP, whose partner Marc Kasowitz is a member of the legal team representing Trump. 


The ETP has sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First for having:

 “manufactured and disseminated materially false and misleading information about Energy Transfer and the Dakota Access Pipeline for the purpose of fraudulently inducing donations, interfering with pipeline construction activities and damaging Energy Transfer’s critical business and financial relationships.” 


BankTrack & Greenpeace Response

“[BankTrack] vehemently rejects all accusations brought forward by ETP/ETE. We consider it perfectly within our right and our stated mission to inform the general public on potential or actual negative social, environmental and human rights impacts of projects -to be- financed by private sector banks.

We also consider it competely within our right to bring information on such projects, including indicators of widespread public concern, to the attention of banks, so that they can make their own assessment of the materiality of this information, and let this weigh into their own decision making processes.

BankTrack considers the lawsuit an attempt of ETP/ETE to silence civil society organisations, and to curb their crucial role in helping to foster business conduct globally that protects the environment, recognises the rights and interests of all stakeholders, and respects human rights. This attempt is bound to fail.”

Greenpeace calls the suit "a pattern of harassment by corporate bullies, with Trump's attorneys leading the way." 

 


 

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