Indigenous and Environmental Justice Groups Rally at US Bank Headquarters to Protest the Bank’s Investment in Pipeline Projects
Minneapolis, MN – Hundreds of Indigenous water protectors, concerned Minnesotans, and activists from around the country rallied today at the U.S. Bank Headquarters to demand that U.S. Bank uphold its promise to divest from oil and gas pipelines, including those by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The rally comes as U.S. Bank drives a massive public relations campaign surrounding the hosting of the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank stadium in Minneapolis. U.S. Bank is at the center of a growing campaign by indigenous, climate and community groups demanding it lives up to its own promises to stop financing fossil fuel projects.
Washington D.C. -Today the Republican House and Senate passed the Republican Tax Reform Bill, a bill that has seen unprecedented disapproval by American citizens. According to The Hill, “Public polling on the GOP’s tax overhaul indicates support hovering at less than 30 percent, which is even lower than the favorability toward ObamaCare when Democrats passed it in 2010”. In addition, every democrat from both chambers opposed the bill.
The primary goal of the bill is to cut taxes, but the bill will also repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and will open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Northern Alaska for oil and gas drilling.
Yesterday, December 14, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted permits to Bayou Bridge, LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, to construct a 162.5-mile crude oil pipeline from Lake Charles to St. James, Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers refused to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement for the project, despite pleas for such a study from communities directly impacted by the pipeline.
Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana said: “To be honest, my hopes were never with the state and federal agencies who have consistently proven their lack of vision and scarcity of protection for the people and waters of this great state. The idea that this company, Energy Transfer Partners, who has destroyed land and water all over the United States, who carry the designation of “worst spill record,” who has created and maintained space for human rights abuses upon peaceful people – that they would be allowed to endanger over 700 of our waterways for their own profit is not only inconceivable, but proof of a moral bankruptcy within our systems of environmental protections. Yet, this is where we are. And while I am saddened by the news, I am equally sure that we will stand together as the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, to peacefully endeavor to right the wrong of these misguided and foolish permittings.”
Who We Are
We are a growing coalition of communities and organizations that care deeply about our rights to clean water, clean air, a stable climate, and a democratic society.
We believe that landowners and indigenous tribes have the right to determine what happens to their land. But Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), a giant oil company based in Texas, has been consistently violating those rights in their drive to build new oil and gas pipelines. And along the way, communities have suffered.
We are a growing coalition of groups that represent millions of people including many communities directly impacted by ETP’s pipeline projects:
350 Louisiana, Alamosa Riverkeeper, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Bold Louisiana, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Coastal Carolina Riverwatch, Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, Earthworks, Environmental Stewardship, Hurricane Creekkeeper, Indigenous Environmental Network, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, NoDAPL Global Solidarity, North Louisiana for Earth & Water Justice, Oil Change International, Rainforest Action Network, San Francisco Baykeeper, Sierra Club, Waccamaw Riverkeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Winyah Rivers Foundation… and many more.
When Energy Transfer Partners builds their pipelines, compressor stations, and other projects, this is what happens:
Water is polluted. ETP and their subsidiaries are responsible for a record 317 pipeline spills in the last 11 years. 
Indigenous sovereignty is violated. ETP destroys sacred sites and does not pursue consent from tribal governments to build new pipelines. 
Landowners rights are violated. ETP pursues eminent domain for private profit, forcing landowners to sign over easements.  Landowners are consistently lied to about risks, and often do not receive the compensation they are promised. 
Air is polluted. ETP’s leaky pipelines rely on compressor stations and processing plants that emit chemicals known to be harmful to humans, animals and the climate.
The climate is harmed. ETP’s pipeline projects are mostly intended to deliver oil and gas to foreign markets. The climate loses, and nobody gains except ETP. 
What We’re Doing About It
We are building a movement to #StopETP and protect our communities. Everywhere ETP shows up, we will be there to say NO.
Sometimes that means filing lawsuits and encouraging decision makers to say no to ETP’s projects. Sometimes that means exposing ETP’s history of environmental and human rights violations and educating our communities about the dangers of this company. And sometimes it means setting up camp in the pipeline’s path.
Our health, our water, our air, our climate, and our democracy demand it.
Communities are organizing actions across the country to challenge all of ETP’s dangerous and destructive pipeline projects. Visit StopETP.org to host or find an action near you!
What We Want
We demand that Energy Transfer Partners’ proposed and existing operations meet the following social and environmental criteria:
Water – Cause no water pollution;
Public Health – Cause no health-harming air pollution;
Indigenous Rights – Recognize and respect Indigenous sovereignty, including the right to say “No”;
Community Rights – Respect the rights of residents and property owners to protect themselves from harm;
Climate – Meet the climate test  to ensure the world does not exceed 1.5ºC temperature rise;
Accountability – Pay and commit to clean up existing water and air pollution, and to compensate those already harmed.
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- ETP pipelines wreak havoc across the nation. Join the movement to #StopETP by hosting an event in protest on Sept. 9 stopetp.org/
- Help defend indigenous rights and our water, land, air, climate from ETP pipelines. Host an event to #StopETP on 9/9! stopetp.org/
- Where ETP builds, they steal land, poison air and water, and trash the climate. Help #StopETP—host an event on 9/9! stopetp.org/
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- Wherever they build, Energy Transfer Partners steals land, poisons air and water, and trashes the climate. Enough is enough. On September 9th, join an emerging coalition of frontline communities and allies across the country in taking action to #StopETP by attending an event or hosting your own. StopETP.org
- On September 9th, an emerging coalition of frontline communities and allies are taking action across the country to #StopETP—owner of the disastrous Dakota Access Pipeline. Join us by attending an event or hosting your own to stop Energy Transfer Partners. StopETP.org
- A coalition of frontline communities and allies are taking coordinated action to force ETP to withdraw their unnecessary and damaging pipeline projects, stop violating human rights, and stop polluting the air, water, and climate. #StopETP Join us—host an event in your community on September 9th. StopETP.org