Report Details Wall Street Banks Financing Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted Sept. 21, 2016

MP3Interview with Hugh MacMillan, senior researcher with Food & Water Watch, conducted by Scott Harris


In recent developments in the ongoing opposition campaign to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil Pipeline in North Dakota, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16 ordered a temporary halt to construction of the 1,100-mile pipeline near the Missouri River, upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The stop work order is in effect until the court can rule on a preliminary injunction sought by the Standing Rock tribe that was initially denied in federal court on Sept. 9. The tribe and their allies oppose the pipeline because of sacred burial sites in the area and the threat to its drinking water supply posed by a potential oil spill. Climate activists are working to block fossil fuel pipelines that contribute to global warming.

Earlier on Labor Day weekend, security guards hired by the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, pepper-sprayed and physically assaulted protesters and used attack dogs, which reportedly bit at least six people. Video of the violent confrontation was captured by journalist Amy Goodman and her Democracy Now! film crew, which later went viral across the news media and Internet. However, five days later, the state of North Dakota issued an arrest warrant for Goodman, charging her with criminal trespassing, in clear violation of the First Amendment.

Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Hugh MacMillan, senior researcher with Food & Water Watch, who talks about his recent report titled, "Who's Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?" Here, he details the Wall Street banks behind the project and their conflict of interest with indigenous communities and other people living along the pipeline route.

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