On Thursday morning a group of about 20 Greenpeace activists dug room for and planted 15 meters of super heavy pipe sections at the ING headquarters in Amsterdam Zuidoost. They did so to protest against the Dutch bank’s part in financing the highly controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, reported NL Times.

President Trump recently ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to issue the final permit for the pipeline even though the environmental impact study was never completed. The ND Governor also ordered the protesters to evacuate the area.

With the huge pipeline built right into the ING headquarters’ office, the Greenpeace activists want to show what a massive effect such a pipeline can have on your home. “We’re giving them a taste of their own medicine”, campaign leader Kim Schoppink said.

The Times reported that Greenpeace activists intend to extend the pipeline even further if ING does not change its position on the DAPL project.

ING is one of 17 banks loaning money to the builders of the Dakota Access pipeline. ING’s part is almost $250 million.

The bank itself is not comfortable with the construction of the pipeline, but is contractually obliged to provide the money once the necessary permits are issued, a spokesperson said. According to him, only after the financing was complete did ING find out about the Stand Rock Sioux’ fear about oil spills from the pipeline into a river that feeds into their drinking water. The bank approached the builders on the matter and hopes to be able to exert influence from within. The bank also met with the leaders of the tribe.

“If we knew beforehand we never would’ve gotten into it”, the spokesperson said. “We openly distanced ourselves from this client, we sold our shares in the parent company and reject any new funding requests.” But when it comes to the existing loan, ING can not back out.

 

ING is now saying they oppose the project, but they are unable to back out of the existing loan.  If they are speaking the truth, hopefully they will take a closer look into the skullduggerous intentions of those seeking loans in the future.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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