"They just want to stop fossil fuels." Another time, he compared the tactics of some anti-pipeline activists to "terrorism." Kelcy Warren.

 Warren is a co-founder and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomerate whose security contractors have deployed pepper spray and snarling dogs against the Native Americans protesting its Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.

He's laying another contested pipeline, the Trans-Pecos, near Big Bend National Park—hallowed ground to many Texans. He's spent millions of dollars supporting right-wing politicians. He gave $700,000 to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's political action committee and $6 million to PACs supporting former Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign. He also put Perry on ETP'S board.

With his business partners, Warren has distributed $223,000 to the three members of the Texas Railroad Commission, who rule on the eminent-domain requests his companies often use to run pipelines through privately owned farms and ranches. He personally spent $100,000 to help elect Trump—formerly an ETP shareholder—with the unvarnished expectation that the new administration would remove the last hurdles for the stalled North Dakota project on "January 20 or shortly thereafter." Indeed, four days after taking office, Trump issued an executive order to speed the completion of the pipeline; this week, the Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement that will allow the construction to proceed.

The scale of Warren's projects is mind-boggling. The 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline will carry 570,000 barrels of oil a day through watersheds and wildlife habitats. Add that to the 75,000 miles of pipe Warren already owns, a carbon-based nervous system worth an estimated $67 billion, and it's not hard to see why he has become the target of some truly nasty personal attacks. Pipeline foes have called him "the face of genocide for Native Americans" and "nothing but a cancer on the planet."

Warren has vigorously defended his projects, saying the Dakota Access Pipeline is "built to safety standards that far exceed anything government requires." At a meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission—to which Gov. Abbott appointed him as a commissioner in 2015—Warren responded patiently to a Native American elder who asked if he thought it was right to dig up ancestral graves: "No, sir. I don't think that would be appropriate. I think that would be bad."

"But you've been doing it," the elder replied.

"No, sir. Obviously I don't believe so."

Sometimes Warren lets his exasperation show. "This is not a peaceful protest—there are violent people," he told a Fargo, North Dakota, radio host in November. "They just want to stop fossil fuels." Another time, he compared the tactics of some anti-pipeline activists to "terrorism."
Source Mother Jones

Responses to "Meet The Billionaire CEO Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline"

  1. Sondra says:

    He lies same as Trump, who said no one called to complain of the pipeline!

  2. Billionaire = no soul

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