1. The sheriff who harassed peaceful DAPL protestors has been suspended

North Dakota Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger has been placed on interim suspension, pending his removal from office, by the governor, according to the Bismarck Tribune. It is alleged by the county’s acting State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz that Sheriff Schwartzenberger, who has been working at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and has been unnecessarily rough and violent with the protesters, is guilty of “misconduct, malfeasance, crime in office, neglect of duty or gross incompetency.” An independent investigation was conducted and evidence was found giving grounds to remove the sheriff due to “harassment and intimidation” and further found that Schwartzenberger created and nurtured a “quasi-military environment.”

2. As of the end of December, Dakota Access Pipeline protests are still taking place because the pipeline project has not been shut down but is still going strong!

Protesters started occupying camps in April to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile pipeline, that Native Americans and environmentalists argue will cross over and destroy sacred land, as well as contaminate and pollute the local environment and waterways.

3. The Company Behind the Dakota Pipeline is Stealing More Land in Texas for a Different Project

Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, has another controversial pipeline project under way called the Trans-Pecos pipeline in Texas. The project not only exposes the area to potential contamination of drinking water and the destruction of land which is both sacred and environmentally vital, but the company has also been suing landowners to snatch their property for its own profiteering.

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is lead by billionaire Kelcy Warren. In order to finish the Trans-Pecos pipeline, ETP has taken 40 Big Bend ranchers to court with eminent domain lawsuits to enrich itself off their property under the premise the pipeline would be in the public interest. “I received this $18,000 offer and was told I had a week to accept it,” rancher Jeanne Simpson, whose family has lived on the Big Bend property since the 1880s, told Marketplace. ETP’s offer to Simpson “was amended and raised by the commissioners to close to $700,000. Another landowner who was offered $16,000 was awarded close to $500,000. Another was offered $33,000 and received close to $1 million,” Marketplace reported, evidencing the unrealistically low assessments by ETP.

4. Donald Trump picks billionaire businessman to oversee review of Dakota Access Pipeline project

Donald Trump has nominated Vincent Viola to be the Secretary of the Army, the agency which directly oversees and manages the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Vincent Viola is a New York businessman, West Point graduate and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team. He bought the NHL hockey team in 2013 for about $160 million. His current total net worth is about $1.8 billion.

Currently, the Dakota Access Pipeline project has been put on hold by the U.S. Army Corps so that it can conduct a more intensive review of the final portion of the pipeline due to concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its allies. Oil spills, treaty rights and even a potential reroute away from the reservation in North Dakota are being considered during the environmental impact statement.

“We’ve denied the easement for the crossing for Dakota Access Pipeline. We’re going to start the NEPA process soon,” Charles Smith, an official with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, told the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at a December 9th hearing.
The “NEPA” Smith referenced was the National Environmental Policy Act, the federal law that will guide the upcoming review. But the process has yet to begin, despite Jo-Ellen Darcy, who is the outgoing Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, announcing the December 4th decision on the easement.

5. It’s being funded by some MAJOR banks and institutions!

And you can do something about it by contacting them:

Wells Fargo*
CEO Timothy J. Sloan
Corporate Office:
Wells Fargo
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

BNP Paribas*
CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafe
Corporate Office:
3 rue d’Antin
75002 Paris, France
U.S. Office:
787 Seventh Avenue – The Equitable Tower
New York, NY 10019

CEO William H. Rodgers Jr.
Corporate Office:
303 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Chief Communications Officer:
Sue Mallino

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ*
Chairman Nobuyuki Hirano
CEO and President Takashi Oyamada
Corporate Office:
2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan
U.S. Office:
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1104

Mizuho Bank*
President and CEO Nobuhide Hayashi
Corporate Office:
Otemachi Tower
1-5-5, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8176, Japan
U.S. Office:
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Citibank (CitiGroup)*
CEO Michael Corbat
Corporate Office:
388 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 800-285-3000 and 212-793-0710

TD Securities*
Chairman, CEO, and President Bob Dorrance
Corporate Office:
P.O. Box 1, TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington Street W
Toronto, Ontario
M5K 1A2
Investment Banking: 416-307-8500
Equity Research: 416-307-9360
Trading Floor Enquiries: 416-944-6978
U.S. Office:
31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019-6101

Credit Agricole*
CEO Jean-Paul Chifflet
12, Place des Etats-Unis
Montrouge, France 92545
U.S. Office:
1301 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10019

Intesa SanPaolo*
CEO Carlo Messina
Corporate Office:
Piazza San Carlo, 156
10121 Torino, Italy
Corporate Social Responsibility Unit:

ING Bank*
CEO and Executive Board Chairman Ralph A.J.G Hamers
Wholesale Banking, Operations & IT, Sustainability, Corporate Governance:
Carolien van der Giessen
Head of Media Relations:
Raymond Vermuelen
Corporate Office:
Amsterdamse Poort
Bijlmerplein 888
1102 MG Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Mailing Address:
ING Bank N.V.
P.O. Box 1800
1000 BV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
U.S. Office:
ING Financial Holdings LLC
1325 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

CEO Pierre Servant
Corporate Office:
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
21 quai d’Austerlitz
75634 Paris Cedex 13, France
U.S. Office:
Natixis Global Asset Management, L.P.
399 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

CEO Johannes-Jorg Riegler
Head of Communications:
Matthias Priwitzer
Corporate Office:
Brienner Straße 18
80333 Munich
U.S. Office:
560 Lexington Avenue
New York City, NY 10022

BBVA Securities*
CEO Carlos Torres Villa
Executive Chairman Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez
Corporate Office:
Calle Azul, 4
28050 Madrid, Spain

DNB Capital*
U.S. office:
200 Park Avenue, 31st Floor New York, N.Y. 10166-0396

ICBC London*
CEO and Managing Director Jin Chen
Corporate Office:
20 Gresham Street
London EC2V 7JE, United Kingdom
U.S. Office:
520 Madison Avenue 28th Floor
New York, NY 10022

SMBC Nikko Securities*
President and CEO Yoshihiko Shimizu
Corporate Office:
3-1, Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8325, Japan

Societe General*
CEO Frederic Oudea
Email: frederic.oudea@socgen.com
Phone: 33-1-41-45-9825 (Paris number)
Chiarman of the Board Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Email: lorenzo.binismaghi@socgen.com
Phone: 33-14-21-30941 (Paris number)
Corporate Office:
29 boulevard Haussmann 75009
Paris, France
U.S. Office:
245 Park Avenue
New York City, NY 10167

6. Trump Picks DAPL Board Member Rick Perry To Head Dept. of Energy

Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry is a board member of Energy Transfer Partners, owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Donald Trump has named Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Perry ran for president in 2015 but did not make it past the Republican primaries and his campaign was short and swift. In fact, he announced his run for office while facing felony charges for official state corruption in Texas.

As reported by DeSmog at the time, Perry was asked by someone in the audience about his Energy Transfer Partners board position at a 2015 town hall meeting in Iowa. Perry responded that he thought his ties to DAPL were “irrelevant, frankly”.

In a statement, Trump said Perry would carry out his goal to “take advantage of our huge natural resource deposits to make America energy independent and create vast new wealth for our nation.”

Article by Victoria Balderworth.