Global call on banks to halt loan to Dakota Access Pipeline


multiple organisations | 30 November 2016 | actions | United States


Open letter of over 400 civil society organisations demands immediate halt to financing the DAPL

Over 400 civil society organisations from more than 50 countries today issued a joint open letter to the seventeen banks providing a US$2.5 billion project loan to Dakota Access LLC. The letter, endorsed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, demands that the banks involved immediately halt all further disbursements of the loan and require the project sponsor to stop construction work until all outstanding issues are resolved to the full satisfaction of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The letter and the full list of signatories can be found below.

Mr. Takashi Oyamada, CEO Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ,
Mr. Michael Corbat, CEO Citigroup,
Mr. Nobuhide Hayashi, CEO Mizuho Bank,
Mr. Bob Dorrance, CEO TD Bank,
Mr. Johannes-Jörg Riegler, CEO BayernLB,
Mr. Carlos Torres Vila, CEO BBVA,
Mr. Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO BNP Paribas,
Mr. Philipppe Brassac, CEO Crédit Agricole,
Mr. Rune Bjerke, CEO DNB Norway,
Mr. Jiang Jianqing, CEO ICBC,
Mr. Ralph Hamers, CEO ING,
Mr. Carlo Messina, CEO Intesa SanPaolo,
Mr. Laurent Mignon, CEO Natixis,
Mr. Takeshi Kunibe, CEO SMBC,
Mr. Frédéric Oudéa, CEO Société Générale,
Mr. William H. Rogers Jr., CEO SunTrust,
Mr. Timothy Sloan, CEO Wells Fargo

Concerning: Halt your support to the Dakota Acces Pipeline

Dear Sir,

The undersigned organizations are writing to you to share our deep concern about your participation in a credit agreement led by Citibank with Dakota Access LLC and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company LLC, to borrow up to $2.5 billion to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline in the United States.

As you are aware, the proposed 1,172 mile-long DAPL is the subject of a huge international outcry, led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, but supported by the tribal governments of over 280 other tribes and allies from all over the world. This growing global resistance opposes DAPL because the pipeline trajectory is cutting through Native American sacred territories and unceded Treaty lands, and because it threatens air and water resources in the region and further downstream.

Since last April, an ever growing number of Native water protectors and their thousands of allies have converged peacefully at Standing Rock in the pipeline construction area to halt further construction of the project. In response to this strictly-peaceful, on-site resistance, police from multiple U.S. states and agencies, members of the U.S. National Guard, and armed private security forces working for project sponsors have used military equipment, tactics and weapons to intimidate, assault, arrest and otherwise commit grievous human rights violations against water protectors and their allies. Indiscriminate use of attack dogs, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, tazers and mace are reported, while journalists covering the assault have been arrested. The violence unleashed on the protesters by security forces has already left hundreds severely injured. Last week, protesters were attacked with water cannons used in sub-zero temperatures, leading to life threatening situations. One protester faces a possible amputation of her arm after being hit with a concussion grenade. Protesters that have been arrested have also been subjected to inhumane treatment that involved, among other things, being locked up naked, or cramped without food and warmth into dog kennels.

As the loan syndicate is led by four banks that are signatory to the Equator Principles, this project loan is subject to these Principles. Given that Indigenous rights commitments are presumed to be respected by the Principles, specifically the right of indigenous communities to withhold consent to projects affecting their ancestral lands (FPIC), it is for us inexplicable that the clear and long standing opposition to the project by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, as well as widely documented gross violations of Native land titles, threats to water sources and the desecration of burial grounds have not been identified early on as reasons for participating banks to not provide funding for this project. Harm to Native areas has now already occurred when DAPL personnel deliberately desecrated documented burial grounds and other culturally important sites. Native American opponents to the project have emphasized throughout that the DAPL struggle is about larger Native liberation, self-determination and survival at the hands of colonial corporations and compliant government actors.

The undersigned organizations are closely watching how the banks providing financial support to the project are acting on the ever worsening situation on the ground, including your bank.Given your stated commitment to respect indigenous rights and the contrast with the harsh reality on the ground we demand that:

  • all further loan disbursements to the project are immediately put on hold;
  • banks involved in the loan demand from the project sponsor that all construction of the pipeline and all associated structures is put on hold until all outstanding issues are resolved to the full satisfaction of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe;
  • in case such a resolution of outstanding issues is not achieved with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, your bank fully withdraws from the loan agreement;
  • a public statement is made by your bank on how you will act on the issues identified above.

We all stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in defending their ancestral lands from the impact of this project and are fully prepared to take further campaign steps in case we consider your response on this call unsatisfactory. Given the urgency of the matter we seek a response from you on this letter as soon as possible, but no later than December 5.


BankTrack, Netherlands – Johan Frijns, Director

1Earth Institute INC, United States – Eva Willmann de Donlea, Executive Director & Co-Founder
350 Central Maine, United States – Richard Thomas, Co-leader
350 Colorado, United States – Micah Parkin, Executive Director
350 San Antonio, United States – Kathy Glass, Representative, United Kingdom – Nicolò Wojewoda, Europe Team Leader Japan, Japan – Shin Furuno, Japan Divestment Campaigner, United States – Rosemary Carey, President
Acción por la Biodiversidad, Argentina – Carlos Vicente, Coordinador
Action Non-Violente COP21, France – Jon Palais, Équipe d’animation
ActionAid Netherlands, Netherlands – Ruud van den Hurk, Director
Advocates for Springfield, NY, United States – Tara Sumner, Vice President
AFM Local 1000, United States – John O’Connor, Secretary Treasurer Emeritus
AKIN, Austria – Matthias Neitsch, Treasurer
Aktionsgruppe Indianer & Menschenrechte e.V., Germany – Monika Seiller, Chair person
Alaska Wilderness League, United States – Leah Donahey, Senior Campaign Director
Aldeah, France – Raquel Neyra, Member
Almáciga, Spain – Eva Sáinz, Coordinadora
Alofa Tuvalu, France – Gilliane Le Gallic, President
Alternatiba, France – Fanny Delahalle, Representant
lternativa intercanvi pobles indígenes, Spain – Esther, Project Management
Amazon Watch, United States – Christian Poirier, Program Director
Amigos de la Tierra (FoE Spain), Spain – Hector de Prado, Head of climate and energy unit
Andy Gheorghiu Consulting, Germany – Andy Gheorghiu, Owner
Arctic Consult, Norway – Dmitry Berezhkov, Director
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Thailand – Joan Carling, Secretary General
Asociación Perifèries del Món, Spain – Rafael Maurí Victoria, Presidente
ATTAC CADTM Maroc, Morocco – Omar Aziki, General Secretary
Attac France, France – Maxime Combes, Spokerperson
BALLE, United States – Sandy Wiggins, Chairman
Barn Owl Foundation, Hungary – Ákos Klein, Managing director
Bassetlaw against fracking, United Kingdom – David Larder, Chairman
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice, United States – Michael Eisenscher, Coordinator
BBVAren aurkako Plataforma /Plataforma contra el BBVA, Basque Country – Martin Mantxo, Coordinator
Bergen Save the Watershed Action Network, United States – Lori Charkey, Director
Beyond Extreme Energy, United States – Gabriel Shapiro, Organizer
Bi lebenswertes Korbach e.V., Germany – Andy Gheorghiu, Member of Board
BI Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg, Germany – Günter Hermeyer, Board Member
Biofuelwatch, United States – Rachel Smolker, Codirector
Bioland, Germany – Andreas Kothe, Sales Assistant
Birgit Breuer Huforthopädie, Germany – Birgit Breuer, CEO
Bisbee & Cochise People for Community and Environmental Rights, United States – Maggie

***See entire list/article at source

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