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posted by martyb on Friday August 25 2017, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the greenbacks-are-good-for-the-environment dept.

The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other groups on Tuesday, alleging that they disseminated false and misleading information about the project and interfered with its construction.

In its lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in North Dakota, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners requests damages that could approach $1 billion.

The company alleges that the groups' actions interfered with its business, facilitated crimes and acts of terrorism, incited violence, targeted financial institutions that backed the project and violated racketeering and defamation laws. The company seeks a trial and monetary damages, noting that disruptions to construction alone cost it at least $300 million and requesting triple damages.

The group of defendants "is comprised of rogue environmental groups and militant individuals who employ a pattern of criminal activity and a campaign of misinformation for purposes of increasing donations and advancing their political or business agendas," the company said in a statement.

Greenpeace attorney Tom Wetterer said the lawsuit is "meritless" and part of "a pattern of harassment by corporate bullies."

The lawsuit is "not designed to seek justice, but to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation," Wetterer said.

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by melikamp on Friday August 25 2017, @06:00PM

    by melikamp (1886) on Friday August 25 2017, @06:00PM (#559023) Journal

    HAHAHAHAHA wow you really got them!

    The joke is on you, though, buddie. Every time you open your mouth to defend a fossil fuel dinosaur such as ETP, their execs crouch, take a big dump in your mouth, and then highfive each other. Or perhaps, if you look at what they actually do to the environment both in terms of carbon pollution and the toxin release, you may wish it was actual literal shit you were swallowing and breathing, as it would probably be safer overall.

    As AC pointed out already, orgs such as Greenpeace defend the planet and the environment, YOUR planet and YOUR environment, whereas you seem to be keen on defending ETP's right to profit. If you are being sincere, you must be dumber than Republican astroturf chatbots.

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