Jan 24th 2017 update: Trump just signed orders smoothing DAPL's construction. His announcement is no surprise -- we've been expecting him to roll back former President Obama's decision since November. In preparation, we've been helping plan the next international day of action targeting banks to divest from the dangerous project.
Nov 17th 2016 update: Huge news! Today, Bank DNB announced it is going to sell its assets in the Dakota Access Pipeline project. This announcement came two days after we delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures right to the Bank’s offices in Norway, and thousands of us flooded their Facebook page with messages in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. It’s clear our message is having an impact! We have plans to force other banks to pull out of DAPL, and we can promise won’t stop until we win.
Original petition text:
Over 100 water protectors were brutally arrested by Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) security forces -- some locked in dog kennels and shot at with rubber bullets and pepper spray -- just for standing up for their ancestral lands and our most precious resource, water.
Thousands have peacefully gathered in person and in solidarity to stop this 570,000 barrel-per-day pipeline that would endanger the water and ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. People around the world have donated, showed up in person, and millions used Facebook’s ‘check in’ function in solidarity just this week.
And while this inspiring work is going on, the banks that we use every day are backing the project with hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and investment each.
Demand your bank to stop financially supporting from the Dakota Access Pipeline and associated projects such as Energy Transfer now.
North Dakota recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years -- and none were disclosed to the public. It’s no wonder Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities alike are terrified by the prospect of this project.
The DAPL was originally going to be routed near the city of Bismarck -- but was rejected because it would have run so close to municipal water sources. But for some reason, it was given a green light to put the Standing Rock Sioux’s ancestral water supply at risk.
While the courageous resistance at Standing Rock has captured the world’s imagination, it’s also an astonishing example of how much power the banks have when it comes to environmental justice and our changing climate.
Bank DNB, BBVA, TD, Wells Fargo, Mizuho Bank, BayernLB, Citibank, ING, Deutsche Bank, RBC, Credit Suisse, UBS, Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Societe Generale, Credit Agricole, Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas, SunTrust, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, and ABN Amro Capital all support the project financially.
These banks are vulnerable to public pressure. We are their customers and shareholders -- and they need our business.
Stop the money, stop a pipeline. It’s that simple. Tell your bank to stop funding the project now.
What we are bearing witness to at Standing Rock is a moment of history. We can't all be in North Dakota, but we can all stand in solidarity with those who are. Which is why after you sign the petition, we will list other ways you can support to help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Over and over again, this incredible community has stood with Indigenous communities, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to lawsuits to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline in Western Canada.
Together, we’ve signed and delivered hundreds of thousand petition signatures to Kinder Morgan with Indigenous leaders to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline that runs through the Rocky Mountains, and attended shareholder meetings and met with key investors in the project to help stop it.
This community is powerful when it comes together. Now, we need to come together now and help the Standing Rock Sioux stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sign the petition asking banks to stop supporting Dakota Access Pipeline now.
LA Times. 13 September 2016.
Food & Water Watch. 6 September 2016.