On-Going: Make it Costly for Banks to Invest in Pipelines!
The fight continues now with the Court’s latest ruling on June 15th regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read story here. Trump has approved the it (and Keystone XL, though it is still stopped) and it has recenty started operations. But the Court has now just determined that the US Army Corps of Engineers did not consider all that they needed to in the Environmental Impact Statement and it is still possible that it will be at least temporarily stopped from operating until the questions are answered. The temporary success of Dec. 4th, requiring an Environmental Impact Statement gave way to Trump’s Executive Order and the US Army Corps of Engineers closed down the process of getting comments on the EIS and issued the easement summarily, allowing construction to continue. On Feb 9th the Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux lost in court on Feb 23rd when a federal judge refused their appeal. Finances are difficult, though. It has become more costly and has less likelihood of financial success due to the glut in the market and the price of oil being so low. But let’s make it more costly for them and the banks that provide the loans.
June 15th: A win! Another outlet’s version of the story link above is here.
And this one for what to do now: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/04/dakota-pipeline-discover-divestment-wells-fargo
White House Comment Line is open now
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Divest from the banks funding the pipeline, and pipelines in general, and write a letter to your bank as you do it. In Marin, this includes Citibank, Wells Fargo, Chase, Bank of America, US Bank, and Union Bank (owned by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UKJ). Bank of the West in Marin(owned by BNP Paribas and which just divested their investments in DAPL in April as has ING, and DNB, Norways’s largest financial services group). You can go to www.defunddapl.org to record you leaving if you want and put a selfie of you on there as you did it.
Sites to help with donations:
The legal defense fund is most important right now: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf
Oceti Sakowin Camp: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: http://standwithstandingrock.net/donate/
Sacred Stone Camp: http://sacredstonecamp.org
Honor the Earth: https://honorearth.nationbuilder.com/donate