Thursday, March 29, 2018

TigerSwan Not Wanted in Louisiana -- TigerSwan and Energy Transfer Partners Abuses at Standing Rock Documented

Water Protectors in Louisiana do not want TigerSwan, or the company that hired it, Energy Transfer Partners, in Louisiana. Today, a State Board continued to deny a license to TigerSwan to operate in Louisiana. Louisiana residents described the abuses of Energy Transfer Partners at Standing Rock, including the attack with dogs on Water Protectors on Sept. 3, 2016.
Update: New at The Intercept -- TigerSwan tried to sneak into Louisiana under another name, and got caught. https://theintercept.com/2018/03/30/louisiana-bayou-bridge-pipeline-tigerswan-private-security/



Today -- Louisiana Board continues to keep TigerSwan out of Louisiana -- based on TigerSwan's abuses at Standing Rock. "We don't want a company that employs TigerSwan in Louisiana." That company is Energy Transfer Partners, owner of Dakota Access Pipeline. -- Louisiana Bucket Brigade



“Given its track record, TigerSwan  should not be allowed to come into Louisiana and use their military-style tactics to hinder the right of ordinary Louisianans to exercise their First Amendment rights,” said Center for Constitutional Rights Senior Staff Attorney Pamela Spees, who represents the groups in this and other filings and grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, one of the communities that would be affected by the pipeline. “The board did the right thing in denying them a license. Now that TigerSwan is appealing, these groups have a right to be heard and make sure their concerns are on the record.”  
Cherri Foytlin, a member of the Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council for L’eau Est La Vie Water Protector Camp, said, “TigerSwan creates a violent and militarized reality against American citizens who are simply exercising their constitutional right of the people to assemble and to petition ‘for a redress of grievances.’ And worse, they do it for profit. They are filling their pockets with blood money, and, personally, I have no desire to contribute or support their vampire ways. We deserve to be heard, we will be heard, and we say ‘No.’ No to TigerSwan. No to this enemy of our Constitution and of our people.
Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Dean Wilson said, “A company with TigerSwan's record should not be allowed to operate in Louisiana or anywhere else in the country. Their methods and illegal behavior are not compatible with our country's democratic values.”
“As members of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association - West, we are just trying to do everything we can to improve our Atchafalaya Basin and the way of life we’re accustomed to,” said Jodie Meche, a member of the group. “We shouldn’t have to worry about a company such as TigerSwan doing everything they can to make our lives miserable.”
Said Anne Rolfes, Director of Louisiana Bucket Brigade. “TigerSwan is violent. They support a violent oil company in Energy Transfer Partners. We don't want either of these companies in Louisiana.”
“Inviting in a mercenary firm which likens water protectors to jihadists is reactionary at best and extremely dangerous at worst. We know who is standing against this pipeline, and they are by no means criminals – they are simply trying to protect what they own, and what they love,” said Alicia Cooke of 350 New Orleans.
“Given a lack of oversight of pipeline construction, and numerous violations, people on the water and on the ground have to be able to document and report violations,” said Scott Eustis, Community Science Director of Gulf Restoration Network. “Treating Louisiana residents protecting their water and enforcing the law like criminals is a meaningless exercise. We wish the company would spend more money building a better pipeline, hiring biologists or hiring tribal members to ward against the regular undue damages to our water and culture.”  
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

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