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Fractivists Learn Nothing from Energy Transfer Partners Lawsuit

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)


Greenpeace and friends have learned absolutely nothing from the Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against it and continue to defame, distort and dissemble.

Common sense would suggest that if you’re named as a defendant in a billion-dollar lawsuit, accused of making “materially false, misleading, and defamatory statements,” you probably would think twice before making the same materially false, misleading, and defamatory statements again. But, the “Keep It in the Ground” activists are not known for their sense, common or otherwise.

Energy Transfer Partners

Greenpeace swims in money from big foundations as it serves special interests in defaming companies such as Energy Transfer Partners

Just weeks after Energy Transfer Partners filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other members of the anti-pipeline “enterprise,” at least four members of that enterprise—350.org, the Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, and Food and Water Watch—teamed up with other extremist groups to launch the “Stop Energy Transfer Partners” campaign’s National Day of Action (September 8-9), which was chock full of the same lies that ETP has been suing them for in the first place.

According to ETP’s press release announcing the lawsuit, “The DAPL misinformation campaign was predicated on a series of false, alarmist, and sensational claims that plaintiffs:

  • encroached on tribal treaty lands;
  • desecrated sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s in constructing DAPL;
  • constructed DAPL without consulting with and over the rights and objections of SRST; and
  • used excessive and illegal force against peaceful protestors.”

As ETP demonstrates in its lawsuit, those claims are patently false.

For example, the activists fabricated evidence that ETP’s security personnel attacked “peaceful protestors” by publishing a photograph purporting to show young girl who had been bitten by a security dog at the DAPL site. But in reality, the picture was of a young girl who had been bitten by a dog years before, nowhere near the Dakota Access pipeline, and completely unrelated to the protests.

Energy Transfer Partners

How “Democracy Now,” funded by the same Park Foundation that funds Greenpeace and friends, lied to defame Energy Transfer Partners

Yet, despite being named in a billion-dollar lawsuit—a suit that cites concrete evidence disproving the activists’ defamatory statements—these four extremist groups are still forging ahead with another anti-ETP campaign that uses virtually the same language that ETP is suing them for.

Compare this sentence from the lawsuit

On August 24, 2016, 350.org issued a press release accusing DAPL of “wreaking havoc on nearby sacred lands and contaminating water.”

with this content from the “Stop Energy Transfer Partners” toolkit:

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is wreaking havoc across the United States … Its lust for profit cuts every corner to build pipelines as fast as possible, destroying sacred sites, poisoning water, and putting thousands of lives at risk along the way. (Emphasis added.)

Considering the fact ETP is alleging “this group of co-conspirators (the ‘Enterprise’) manufactured and disseminated materially false and misleading information about Energy Transfer and the Dakota Access Pipeline’” and “that these actions violated federal and state racketeering statutes,” these extreme activists are playing with fire when they admit the following on their campaign website:

By taking coordinated action targeting ETP, we will launch a broader, sustained effort to disrupt ETP’s business-as-usual until the company withdraws their unnecessary and damaging pipeline projects, stops violating human rights, and stops polluting the air, water, and climate. (Emphasis added.)

It’s interesting to note the first mention of the “Stop Energy Transfer Partners” campaign was on August 19, three days before ETP filed its mammoth lawsuit. Perhaps they just chose to ignore the dire warnings ETP laid out in their 231-page complaint. But that wouldn’t make any sense now, would it?

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6 thoughts on “Fractivists Learn Nothing from Energy Transfer Partners Lawsuit

  1. Well it does not surprise me considering Greenpeace is defendant in a 7 million dollar lawsuit from Resolute Forestry Products. The same dishonest Greenpeace propaganda tactics bristles Co Founder Dr Patrick Moore I am sure. Dr Moore resigned from Greenpeace when the group turned anti human race when they wanted to start a campaign for a worldwide band on the use of chlorine . Dr moore having a PHD in ecology knew this type of ban would mean the deaths of millions potentially

  2. Nothing would make me happier than to see the lying cheating hypocrites of these leftist family foundations and orgs pay a heavy financial price for their propaganda.

    They’ve been acting with impunity because they know courts have their back. They certainly own cuomo and NY gov’t. No drilling no pipelines- NO compensation.

    This suit will succeed or not based on who it’s tried before. The merits have nothing to do with it.

    • http://www.refinery29.com/2017/09/171571/jessica-chastain-dakota-pipeline-movie-woman-walks-ahead

      I would argue that fractivists act with impunity because they know and it is painfully obvious that “the media” have their backs. And that is a serious problem. At this point everyone and their brother, including of course celebrities and writers getting paid to cover celebrities, appears to think they know what the dakota pipeline war was about.

      Personally I think one of the greatest problems when it comes to pipelines as in plural and the fracking and natural gas issue is the staggering incompetence of the press when it comes to covering specific projects and reporting factually on the antifracking movement itself. This needs correcting. How can that be achieved?

  3. Unfortunately some of the people and groups mentioned along with others (and I can certainly name some specifically) believe they are somehow entitled to say almost anything at all and face zero consequences. The reality is that the antifracking pipeline resistance has no ethical standards for what it will say on flyers, at purported public educational sessions, to the press whether in person or via a press release and to various govt bodies.

    One seriously has to wonder what other group of people or organizations can spread so much deliberate misinformation and somehow manage to be seen by the press to this day as credible?

  4. This is actually not bad news as these groups are just digging the hole deeper and deeper. You are correct in pointing out that what they are saying and doing is the subject of a damages lawsuit, and the more they keep opening their mouths, the more evidence will be available for a higher and higher judgment. These guys are really clowns and you would think with the Sierra Club’s $120 million annual litigation budget, there might be at least one flannel-mouth that knows the Rules of Evidence.

  5. https://m.youtube.com/watch?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_content=bufferf2d7d&utm_medium=social&v=-lgusPqMlLI

    Well that is not a “fracked gas” pipeline. It is however a video which shows just one of the current en vogue forms of agitprop or resistance against pipelines. In that specific instance “tiny homes” are being built and placed in the pipelines path and much like with the dakota pipe this resistance involves indiginious people. Only the pipe in question is in Canada.

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