Jill Stein: Charges Possible For DAPL Graffiti ‘I Approve This Message’

Yesterday, Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein was filmed spray-painting the blade of a Dakota Access Pipeline bulldozer, for which she may face charges, after camping with protestors at the DAPL site on Monday evening. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others have voiced concerns that the pipeline may negatively impact drinking water sources and damage culturally significant sites.

The Jill Stein charges may include vandalism and trespassing, according to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, as reported by KDLT News. As of Tuesday evening, the charges against Stein were reportedly not listed in the state’s court database.

“I approve this message,” is what Dr. Stein wrote on the blade of the DAPL bulldozer after being invited by other activists.


Also yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg was reported to order a “temporary stop” to the construction of the pipeline from State Highway 1806 to 20 miles east of Lake Oahe. A final decision is expected by Friday.

The Judge was quoted concerning what he perceives as a “failure” on the part of the Corp of Engineers to complete proper due diligence, as well as a lack of communication between the Corp and affected tribes.

Over the weekend, dogs and pepper spray were used by security personnel against demonstrators gathered near Lake Oahe protesting the destruction of sites “of great historic and cultural significance to the tribe.”

Estimates put the number of DAPL protestors as high as 4,000. On Tuesday, a group of “between 150 and 200” protestors was reportedly spotted gathering at the site, with some brandishing “hatchets and knives.”

John Iadarola, with the Young Turks, described reports of a point over the weekend were police officers retreated, only to be replaced by security guards armed with tear gas and attack dogs.

Iadorola and fellow TYT host Ana Kasparian speculated on the apparent lack of coverage of the DAPL protests on the part of the “mainstream” media.

“What you see over and over again,” Kasparian stated concerning the media, “are ads for natural gas or oil companies, or coal companies… It’s just their way to fund these networks to make sure that they don’t get negative coverage.”

The DAPL is being constructed by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP), which counts firms like The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: OPY) as top institutional owners, as reported by Yahoo Finance Canada.

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Energy Transfer Partners is reported to have access to a $3.75 billion line of credit made available by “Bank of America, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase,” as reported by Democracy Now.

Firms like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are bound by fiduciary duty to maximize profits for their customers and shareholders, which include many Americans who indirectly own an interest through mutual funds and pensions.

For 2016, earnings per share estimates among Wall Street analysts that follow Energy Transfer Partners range from $0.35 to $1.35. For 2017, the analyst EPS estimate spread ranges from $1.10 to $3.45, a seemingly wide range, possibly signifying uncertainty on the part of the street on whether or not the DAPL will be seen through to completion or blocked by judicial order.

Following the expected decision by Judge James Boasberg this week, appeals may be made by either side beginning on September 14.

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Current poll averages from Real Clear Politics give Jill Stein 3.0 percent of voter support nationally. According to polls cited by the Green Party nominee, 76 percent of Americans feel that she and the Libertarian nominee, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, should be included in the upcoming televised presidential debates. Johnson is currently averaging 8.4 percent in polls nationally.

[Image via Jill Stein for President Booster Club/YouTube]

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