USA: Developer of Dakota Access oil pipeline sues Greenpeace in state court after dismissed federal racketeering claim

Author: KSTP-TV (USA), Published on: 27 February 2019

"Dakota Access developer sues Greenpeace in state court", 23 Feb 2019

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners on [21 February 2019] sued Greenpeace and several activists it also had targeted in the federal lawsuit that U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed on Feb. 14. Wilson said he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise that had worked to undermine ETP and its pipeline project. ETP had made claims under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and also under North Dakota laws. Wilson did not address the merits of the state claims. 

ETP seeks "millions of dollars of damages" in the state lawsuit, which makes similar claims to its federal lawsuit - that Greenpeace and activists conspired to use illegal and violent means such as arson and harassment to disrupt pipeline construction and damage the company, all the while using the highly publicized and prolonged protest to enrich themselves through donations…

Greenpeace on [22 February 2019] had not yet been served with the lawsuit and declined to comment on its specifics. However, Greenpeace attorney Deepa Padmanabha said ETP "is clearly still trying to bully Greenpeace through the legal system…Groups and American Indian tribes who feared environmental harm from the pipeline staged large protests that resulted in 761 arrests in southern North Dakota over a six-month span beginning in late 2016. ETP maintains the pipeline is safe. It began moving North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois in June 2017.  

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Related companies: Energy Transfer Partners