DAPL pipeline delivers major case: ETP vs extreme environmental groups

By North American Shale magazine staff | October 20, 2017

Bakken oil producers have benefited from the completion and start-up of the Dakota Access Pipeline, but other entities linked to shale energy development may need to resume focus on the main players involved in the saga of DAPL.

Energy Transfer Partners LP has filed a lawsuit against several organizations with environment-first beliefs. In a suit seeking compensatory damages, ETP is suing Greenpeace International, Greenpeace Inc., Greenpeace Fund Inc., BankTrack, EarthFirst!, and others.

At the heart of the lawsuit is ETP’s allegation that “organizations manufactured and disseminated materially false and misleading information about Energy Transfer and Dakota Access Pipeline for the purpose of fraudulently inducing donations, interfering with pipeline construction activities and damaging Energy Transfer’s critical business and financial relationships.”

After nearly three years of rigorous environmental review, ETP believes it has an obligation to shareholders, partners, stakeholders “and all those negatively impacted by the violence and destruction intentionally incited by the defendants to file this lawsuit.”