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Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to Energy Transfer Partners Filing a Lawsuit Against Environmental Groups


Bemidji, MN - August 29, 2017 ( Newswire) In response to the recent lawsuit filed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the controversial Dakota Access, Bayou Bridge and Rover pipelines, against the environmental group, Greenpeace International, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) released the following statement:

Cherri Foytlin, head of the citizen action group Bold Louisiana: "What we are seeing with this lawsuit is yet another desperate act by this abominable corporation. Energy Transfer Partners have proven time and again their general lack of moral capabilities and seemingly endless inability to tell truth from fiction. Shame on them for abusing the judicial system of the United States to perform their doltish games."

Kandi Mossett, IEN member--Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, New Town, ND: "From the beginning our strategy was to hurt Energy Transfer Partners where they would feel it the most, which is their wallets. That’s why the divestment campaign emerged. This desperate attempt to sue non-profit environmental groups is an indicator that we are winning. Not only has the #DefundDAPL campaign been an international success but Energy Transfer Partners has dug their own grave by violating regulations and cutting corners to build pipelines fast, which has resulted in spills, lawsuits, and fees. In fact, right now, the company is going to court as the North Dakota Public Service Commission has prepared a case against them for violations made during construction. It should be clear as day that with this lawsuit, ETP is only trying to bully our allies to try to scare people away from working with Indigenous Nations. If anyone should be investigated for racketeering, it should be Energy Transfer Partners."

Joye Braun, IEN activist and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Indigenous Environmental Network: "Many tribes signed on to the divestment campaign, it's a way to have power over our tribal investments. Energy Transfer Partners is trying desperately to criminalize non-violent acts of civil disobedience, yet this is a company that hired private security to viciously attack innocent people with dogs, and gave expert consultation to work in consort with the state of North Dakota to do such violent acts that put people's lives in danger. This company continues to downplay leaks and construction failures and they continue to threaten people's lives and tribal land, water, and mineral rights. If it weren't for non-profits, like Green Peace, supporting us with funding or by using their platforms as a megaphone, we would have never grown as much as we did."

The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities.


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