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22 Aug 2017

Andrew M Harris & Tim Loh, Bloomberg

Energy Transfer Suit Claims Greenpeace Incites Eco-Terrorism

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Energy Transfer Partners LP accused Greenpeace International, Earth First! and other groups of inciting terrorist acts and vandalism to generate publicity and raise money for their causes while hampering the Dakota Access pipeline operator’s ability to raise money for projects.

Energy Transfer is the second company to attack Greenpeace and its allies in court for engaging in what they claim is a racketeering scheme far beyond ordinary environmental advocacy. Resolute Forest Products Inc. made similar allegations over Greenpeace’s campaign against logging in a May 2016 lawsuit…

Greenpeace called the lawsuit an attempt to silence free speech and legitimate advocacy work. It said it’s a classic “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” or SLAPP, which is intended to censor or intimidate critics by burdening them with expensive, time-consuming litigation.

“This is the second consecutive year Donald Trump’s go-to attorneys at the Kasowitz law firm have filed a meritless lawsuit against Greenpeace,” Greenpeace USA’s General Counsel Tom Wetterer said…“This has now become a pattern of harassment by corporate bullies, with Trump’s attorneys leading the way.”…

The Energy Transfer lawsuit isn’t intended to stop anyone from speaking truthfully and responsibly, Michael Bowe, the pipeline company’s lawyer, said in a statement…

…[BankTrack, also sued by the company,] called the allegations in the lawsuit outrageous and an attempt to silence civil society organizations…

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USA: Energy Transfer sues BankTrack, Greenpeace & others for allegedly disseminating false information about Dakota Access Pipeline

Energy Transfer lawsuit (re Dakota Access Pipeline, USA)