As part of a nationwide day of action, protesters from the Environmentalist Left took to the streets to protest the $3.8 billion, 1,200-mile long Dakota Access Pipeline being constructed by Dallas-based energy company Energy Transfer Partners.
The protests revealed how the Environmentalist Left have no reservation when jeopardizing the livelihoods of thousands of Texas families, that rely on the fossil-fuel industry to carve out a living.
Although Texas didn’t see the violence and vandalism as experienced elsewhere, it is only a matter of time before the protests take a turn towards the worse. We have seen in the past with the protests in North Dakota, the protesters in Austin closed down the streets by failing to acquire a permit to march on the streets:
The Austin Police Department says that while marches and political protests on city streets normally require a permit, the city of Austin has a long history of spontaneous and non-permitted protests.
It is worth noting that the DAPL protest in North Dakota started off peaceful, now protestors are flinging Molotov cocktails at police and intend to inflict harm on those that stand in their way.
Despite the protests costing Energy Transfer Partners nearly $100 million dollars, the company has pledged to complete the pipeline. Throughout the delays and political interference from the Obama administration, the company is optimistic that the pipeline will be completed under an incoming Trump Presidency.
The Environmentalist Left has made a living off turning the Dakota Access Pipeline into a political tool to fill their coffers with money from green companies rather than allow the pipeline to provide a source of economic opportunity across the country.