Dakota Access Pipeline Sabotaged In Several States

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NOTE: Sabotage should be expected. The corrupt “regulators” and elected officials at the federal and state levels work for the oil and gas industry. It is obvious to everyone that they do all they can to ignore what communities want. It is also obvious to everyone that they ignore the science on climate change which says we should not be building any more carbon or methane infrastructure. Do they expect people who believe the science and see their communities being undermined to do nothing? To just let corruption rule? No doubt some people see sabotage as necessary to save the planet and their communities. These acts should be blamed on the corruption of government and the greed of oil and gas. This is the blow-back they should expect. It is not the way we operate, but it is the way some will operate. People are desperate to save the planet and strike back at the corruption that rules government.

Mahaska County, IA & Lincoln County, SD – Authorities in both South Dakota and Iowa have confirmed that alleged acts of sabotage against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) are being investigated in both states.

The Associated Press reports:

Authorities in South Dakota and Iowa confirmed Tuesday that someone apparently used a torch to burn a hole through empty sections of the pipeline at aboveground shut-off valve sites.

Mahaska County Sheriff Russell Van Renterghem said the culprit in Iowa appeared to have gotten under a fence around the facility, but Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Brown said the site in South Dakota wasn’t fenced.

The Iowa incident was discovered March 13 and the South Dakota incident Friday [March 17].

Pipeline operators are asked to report security breaches to the National Response Center. Data on the center’s website show no reports from ETP this month.

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Burn damage from alleged blowtorch attack on the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa. (Source: Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office via AP)


The reported physical attacks on DAPL infrastructure are part of a wider trend against controversial pipeline projects, shown by the recent increase of guerrilla sabotage actions.

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Covered windows and visible bullet impacts at Enbridge building in Bemidji, MN on February 23, 2017. (Source: Maggi Stivers/ Forum News Service)

On February 22, Enbridge, a large pipeline company with partial ownership of DAPL, announced that an unknown person had fired shots from a passing vehicle at their Bemidji, Minnesota offices the night before (the offices were empty at the time of the shooting).
On February 26, 66-year-old James Marker opened fire on construction equipment being used to construct the contested Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline in Florida. Marker also fired several shots into the pipeline itself. Law enforcement gave chase when he fled the scene; after he crashed his truck, sheriff’s deputies shot and killed him.

imageBullet holes in the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Florida. (Screenshot from WUFT news video)

Recent, less conventional direct actions against the physical infrastructure of DAPL and other energy projects point to the inherent vulnerability of pipelines, which rely on numerous aboveground pumping stations for operations, maintenance, and safety purposes. Many pumping stations are not staffed by security personnel and often lack a fence.

On October 11, 2016, climate activists simultaneously shut down five different tar sands pipelines near the US-Canada border, stopping the flow of oil through the pipes by physically accessing emergency shut-off valves.

A video produced in December 2015, by Submedia, shows Canadian environmental activists demonstrating how to stop the flow of oil through a pipeline via a pump station:

Last week’s alleged sabotage of the physical pipeline hit the news at the same time that Norwegian financial giant ING announced it was divesting its stake from the $2.5 billion loan financing DAPL.

Activists continue to pursue their goal to take away the pipeline’s financial solvency by convincing investors to withdraw, even as the physical pipeline itself comes closer and closer to being fully operational. The pipeline is not believed to be entirely finished, as witnesses have reported seeing sections of pipe being driven into the DAPL site near the Standing Rock reservation on the edge of the Missouri River.
imageOn Saturday, March 18, a US Appeals Court refused to grant an injunction sought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to stop Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) from operating the Dakota Access Pipeline. A federal case surrounding the pipeline is still ongoing, and federal judge James Boasberg is expected to issue additional rulings sometime in April.

ETP has also recently refused to publicly release information about the pipeline’s status to the public, citing “coordinated physical attacks” as justification for secrecy. The company also seeks to withhold certain safety information, such as plans to respond to oil spills, under the same grounds. While refusing to disclose details, ETP has recently indicated that oil could be flowing through DAPL as soon as this week.

  • Aquifer

    Hayduke lives! 🙂

  • tibetan cowboy

    Wonderful news. I hope to read about a lot more destruction of this company’s infrastructure, offices, vehicles, and their armed forces. Keep destroying these pipelines daily, everywhere. Eventually, it’ll get expensive and dangerous to get near them. Maybe they can be exploded to make the damage much worse? We need 1000s of patriots to begin the revolutionary war against those who are acting to kill all of us. Asymmetric warfare it is.

  • Leroy

    Probably right-wing gun nuts. Sad.

  • dan

    Yeah, sounds like modern versions of The Monkey Wrench Gang. As for the culprits; they’re the Pipeline supporters and makers, not the sabateurs….

  • tsyganka

    Made me look! 😉
    Hadn’t heard the term before.

  • tsyganka

    I’d be grateful if a monitor would tell me why my original comment wasn’t posted, so that I can correct it. – Below, I’ve tried again, removing a possible ambiguity, removing an adjective describing capitalists, and removing a hyperlink. Please tell me if I should do anything else.

    I’m sorry that James Marker was killed by Florida authorities. Imo, he was an earth-patriot who valued sentient beings and the environment – which itself, I think, is sentient – over the greed-driven destruction done by fossil fuel capitalists.

    EXCELLENT article. I hope to read more on this topic.

    Especial thanks to the Water Protectors and to Unicorn Riot for coverage of their actions. – Also, an interesting article on the actions of the 5 saboteurs was published at Common Dreams (‘This Is My Act of Love’: Climate Activists Shut Down All US-Canada Tar Sands Pipelines).

    Suggestion: Talk no more of people who “believe” in science. These are people who ACKNOWLEDGE science. Fact, not faith.

    “No doubt some people see sabotage as necessary to save the planet and their communities. These acts should be blamed on the corruption of government and the greed of oil and gas. This is the blow-back they should expect. It is not the way we operate, but it is the way some will operate. People are desperate to save the planet and strike back at the corruption that rules government.”

    The above is correct. It’s notable that saving our planetary home for future
    generations has now been accepted by at least one court as a valid ‘defense’
    (justification) for action against destructive industrial operations.

  • Aquifer

    The Monkey Wrench Gang …. 🙂

  • tsyganka

    That too!
    Chuckle.

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