Green Energy Companies Helped Bankroll Tribe Behind Dakota Protests

dakota-protest-hiwayTwo green energy companies contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the American Indian tribe spearheading a months-long demonstration against an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Standing Rock Sioux voted unanimously April 5 to accept two $150,000 donations from ConEdison Development and Fagen Inc., both of which have partnered up to build windmills in the North Dakota area, according to internal documents kept by the tribe.

ConEdison Development acquired land near Standing Rock’s reservation and began construction on a wind power facility last year. Fagen was a contractor on the project.

The $250,000 donations to the tribe were meant as a show of appreciation for the Standing Rock’s cooperation in building the Campbell County Wind Farm, Mark Noyes, president and CEO of ConEdison Development, told reporters at the time.

They were also directed toward supporting public housing on the tribe’s reservation, according to Noyes.

“We wanted to go ahead and build the wind project and be part of the community. The tribe has other important issues that they need to deal with,” he said. “And you work together to create a win/win for both organizations.”

Both donations came within days of Standing Rock’s initial decision to protest the multi-billion dollar pipeline, which is expected to bring 470,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day from western North Dakota to southern Illinois.

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