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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: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Friday August 25 2017, @10:35PM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday August 25 2017, @10:35PM (#559138) Journal
    Hopefully, you do realize that pollution was far worse in the 1950s than it is now in places like Europe or the US?
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @11:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 25 2017, @11:28PM (#559148)

    Yeah, thanks to the hard work of a bunch of "tree hugging hippies" which you and your stooge friends would gladly have left in a ditch to die. Protections that were hard won and are now being rolled back as quickly as your favorite political stooge can push them through. Pffft, I bet you would give all the credit to companies for cleaning up instead of the heroes that fought them tooth and nail to FORCE them to clean up.