BISMARCK -- The Dakota Access Pipeline developer filed a new lawsuit against Greenpeace and other defendants on Thursday, Feb. 21, about a week after a judge dismissed a complaint against the organization in federal court.
Energy Transfer Partners filed a civil lawsuit in Morton County District Court alleging Greenpeace and other defendants engaged in an “unlawful and violent scheme” to prevent construction of the pipeline. The complaint accuses the defendants of conducting violent attacks on pipeline employees and property, soliciting money to support illegal attacks, inciting protests to disrupt construction and defaming the company through a malicious publicity campaign.
“We remain committed to holding those who were responsible for the damages to both our business and our reputation accountable for their actions,” said Vicki Granado, Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman.
The complaint seeks to recover millions of dollars in damages.
“As we have said since we filed our original lawsuit, we have an obligation to our shareholders, partners, stakeholders and employees to stand up to those who deliberately imposed harm on our company — financial or otherwise,” Granado said.
An attorney for Greenpeace said the organization had not been served with the complaint.
“Regardless of the allegations in the complaint, the company is clearly still trying to bully Greenpeace through the legal system despite a federal court recently throwing out Energy Transfer’s entire $900 million case against Greenpeace,” said Deepa Padmanabha, deputy general counsel for Greenpeace. “We are confident that this latest attempt to silence peaceful advocacy will receive the same fate as the last meritless attack.”
Other defendants named in the lawsuit include the Red Warrior Society, also known as the Red Warrior Camp, which the complaint alleges engaged in the most violent protest activities in the fall of 2016. The complaint also names two leaders of the Red Warrior Camp and a Greenpeace organizer as defendants.
The complaint cites incidents that occurred during six months of pipeline protests that occurred in Morton County in 2016 and 2017. The 1,172-mile pipeline from the Bakken to Patoka, Ill., has been operational since June 2017.
Energy Transfer Partners filed a racketeering lawsuit in U.S. District Court in August 2017 against many of the same defendants with similar accusations. U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed the case against Greenpeace on Feb. 14, finding no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise.