An energy industry group announced Wednesday the start of a database to compile and track sabotage and vandalism along oil and gas infrastructure in the United States.
Energy Builders’ launch of the Energy Infrastructure Incident Reporting Center (EIRC) comes two days after more than 80 members of Congress signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions concerned with pipeline disruption. The letter decried the “violence toward individuals and destruction of property” associated with some activist activities aimed at stopping pipelines.
“Incidents of eco-terrorism, sabotage, arson, vandalism and violence are on the rise as criminal tactics have become a regular feature of pipeline protests, leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars and potentially endangering lives, the environment and our national security,” said Toby Mack, president and CEO of EEIA.
The EIRC reporting system consists of an online form that people who witness or find evidence of sabotage can fill out and submit for review. The project’s goal is spreading awareness of events such as $2 million worth of damage done to equipment used to build the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The project’s launch was criticized by the international environmental group Greenpeace.
“This is more fear-mongering by a corporate bully hoping to see what it can get away with in Trump’s America,” Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said, according to Politico.
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