The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline in the United States. The $3.78 billion project was announced to the public in June 2014.
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was “rerouted to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation” after a proposed route near the state capital Bismarck was denied as being deemed “too risky” for Bismarck’s water supplies. They decided the pipeline is to be routed under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River instead.
We believe that running the pipeline under a part of the Missouri River known as Lake Oahe jeopardizes the primary water source for the reservation, and construction has damaged sacred sites.
This is in plain violating tribal treaty rights.
We support the peaceful and prayerful message of the Oceti Sakowin leaders. As oil sits in that pipeline, we still promote the #NoDAPL Movement-
The effort to stop the pipeline had quickly become one of the most important Indigenous uprisings of the past century in the U.S.
In North Dakota, Energy Transfer hired TigerSwan to guard the Dakota Access pipeline. The security firm faced scrutiny after leaked documents detailing its invasive surveillance practices, which involved infiltrators, aerial monitoring, and a close collaboration with local law enforcement to stop protests near the Standing Rock reservation.
The North Dakota Private Investigation and Security Board sued TigerSwan for operating without a security license while guarding the Dakota Access pipeline. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, the site of Energy Transfer’s Bayou Bridge oil pipeline, the security board accused TigerSwan of registering a new security company in the state in an attempt to circumvent a previous license denial.
Energy Transfer’s security plan in both states included using off-duty law enforcement personnel and coordinating extensively with police.
Recent documents highlight TigerSwan’s militaristic approach to the company’s profit-driven imperative to portray the nonviolent water protector movement as unpredictable and menacing enough to justify the continued need for extraordinary security measures.
Energy Transfer Partners has continued to retain TigerSwan long after most of the anti-pipeline campers left North Dakota, and the most recent TigerSwan reports emphasize the threat of growing activism around other pipeline projects across the country.
Where does it stop?
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