A turn-about lawsuit has been filed against environmental groups and activists in North Dakota, according to a report by Oil Patch Hotline (www.otlineprinting.com/oph/).
Greenpeace and other individuals were blamed for directing protests causing millions of dollars in damage at the construction site of Dakota Access Pipeline, in a new lawsuit filed by Energy Transfer Partners.
The lawsuit was filed in Morton County District Court by attorney Lawrence Bender against Greenpeace, the Red Warrior Society, Cody Hall, Krystall Two Bulls, and Charles Howe.
It accuses them of “mindless and senseless criminal mayhem” as they used the protest to raise millions of dollars—much of which was used to pay demonstrators.
The parent company of Dakota Access Pipeline seeks millions of dollars in damages.
Energy Transfer is pursuing the civil action in North Dakota after a Federal Court dismissed its earlier lawsuit, which alleged Greenpeace and other groups were guilty of violating racketeering laws.
“We remain committed to holding those who were responsible for the damages to both our business and our reputation accountable for their actions,” said spokesperson Vick Granado.
In addition to vandalism and destruction of machinery, the company also detailed “significant harm” to citizens, including harassment, intimidation, threats, property damage, cattle and bison owned by ranchers that were butchered or maimed, and graves that were vandalized.
They accused the defendants of spreading misinformation and outright falsehoods about Energy Transfer. The two most prominent mistruths were contending the pipeline interfered with the water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux, and that it crossed over historical cultural Native American sites.