Dakota Access and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company are enmeshed in a legal process before the Illinois Commerce Commission to determine whether they can nearly double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. SOIL, Sierra Club and others have intervened to oppose the expansion. In responding to a request from SOIL for information about the impact on climate change of their business, these companies responded that the term “climate change” is “undefined, vague, and ambiguous” and did not respond.
“This dismissive response shows the fossil fuel industry’s intent to conduct ‘business as usual’ in the face of irrefutable evidence of their contribution to the climate crisis and their reckless pursuit of profits at the expense of people,” notes Save Our Illinois Land chairperson Deni Mathews.
The Washington Post published an article on the companies’ absurd response. You can read the article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-energy-202/2019/11/13/the-energy-202-dakota-access-operators-call-climate-change-undefined-vague-and-ambiguous-in-official-filing/5dcaed9f602ff1184c316408/