Senior Editor, Digital Content, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
April 06, 2017
Don’t expect the Pipeline Wars to simmer down, because some radical opponents will go to any lengths to stop them.
Inside Sources reports one group of pipeline protesters is selling an ecoterrorism manual to instruct others on how to fight energy infrastructure projects:
The report goes into some of the tactics mentioned in the book:
Many of those violent tactics were used in the protests surrounding the recently-completed Dakota Access Pipeline: Arson; rioting; vandalism; tires slashed and hoses cut on heavy machinery; construction and security workers attacked; Molotov cocktails launched at police.
What’s more, during the protests, pipeline opponents calling themselves, "Climate Direct Action," attacked four other pipelines. One expert warned their actions could’ve created a “catastrophic” pipeline disaster.
Now with an energy-friendly president in the White House, it should be easier to get oil and natural gas pipeline projects through the federal permitting process. In response, “Keep it in the ground” folks may resort to more violence to stop them.
Energy infrastructure developers and law enforcement must be vigilant. Also, anyone (or groups) tempted to join these pipeline protests—like celebrities—should think twice about the types of people they may be associating with.
Spirited debate is an American tradition, but it crosses the line when it becomes violent.
About the authors
Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.