Exploding the Dakota Access Pipeline Target List

Who Is Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline? Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonz´lez.

Great discussion of the funding behind the North Dakota Pipeline project!

They point to two important graphics to share, the first from: Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?:

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And, from Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline? (Food & Water Watch):


The full scale Food & Water Watch image.

Both visualizations are great ways to see some of the culprits responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline, but not all.

Tracking the funding from Bakken Dakota Access Pipeline back to, among others, Citibank, Credit Agricole, ING Bank, and Natixis, should be a clue as to the next step.

All of the sources of financing, Citibank, Credit Agricole, ING Bank, Natixis, etc., are owned, one way or another, by investors. Moreover, as abstract entities, they cannot act without the use of agents, both as staff and as contractors.

If you take the financing entities as nodes (the first visualization), those should explode into both investor/owners and staff/agents, who do their bidding.

Thinking Citibank, for example, is too large and diffuse a target for effective political, social or economic pressure, but the smaller the part, the greater chance there is to have influence.

It’s true some nation states might be able to call Citibank to heel and if you can whistle one up, give it a shot. But while waiting on you to make you move, the rest of us should be looking for targets more within our reach.

That lesson, the one of the financiers exploding into more manageable targets (don’t overlook their political allies and their extended target lists), the same is true for the staffs and agents of Sunoco Logistics, Energy Transfer Partner, Energy Equity Transfer (a sister partnership to Energy Transfer Pipeline), and Bakken Dakota Access Pipeline.

I have yet to see an abstract entity drive a bulldozer, move pipe, etc. Despite the popular fiction that a corporation is a person, it’s somebody on the ground violating the earth, poisoning the water, disturbing sacred ground, all for the benefit of some other natural person.

Corporations, being abstract entities, cannot feel pressure. Their staffs and contractors, on the other hand, don’t have that immunity.

It will be post-election in the US, but I’m interested in demonstrating and assisting in demonstrating, how to explode these target lists in both directions.

As always, your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

PS: One source for picking up names and entities would be: Bakken.com, which self-describes as:

Bakken.com is owned and operated by Energy Media Group which is based in Fargo North Dakota. Bakken.com was brought to life to fill a gap in the way that news was brought to the people on this specific energy niche. We wanted to have a place where people could come for all the news related to the Bakken Shale. Energy Media group owns several hundred websites, most of which surround shale formations all over the world.Our sister site Marcellus.com went live at the beginning of December and already has a huge following. In the coming months, Bakken.com will be a place not only for news, but for jobs and classifieds as well. Thank-you for visiting us today, and make sure to sign up for our news letter to get the latest updates and also Like us on Facebook.

To give you the full flavor of their coverage: Oil pipeline protester accused of terrorizing officer:

North Dakota authorities have issued an arrest warrant accusing a pipeline protester on horseback of charging at a police officer.

Mason Redwing, of Fort Thompson, South Dakota, is wanted on felony charges of terrorizing and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 28 incident near St. Anthony. He’s also wanted on a previous warrant for criminal trespass.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Office says the officer shouted a warning and pointed a shotgun loaded with non-lethal beanbag rounds to defuse the situation.

I’m on a horse and you have a shotgun. Who is it that is being terrorized?

Yeah, it’s that kind of reporting.

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