Anarchists: Targeting North Dakota Access Pipeline

Anarchist extremists are protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and aiding in the destruction of pipeline construction material, resulting in transport disruptions in at least two states. DAPL is a $3.7-billion project to build a pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois, where crude oil would be transported to refineries on the Gulf or East Coast. It is unlikely this activity will impact New Jersey pipeline projects because no New Jersey-based companies are directly supporting the DAPL project.

  • In December 2016, a pro-anarchist blog published an article describing DAPL protests. Specifically, the article outlined a plan for “anti-infrastructural solidarity,” calling for anarchist extremists to disrupt the US supply chain and target the Transportation, Energy, Communications, Financial, and Commercial Sectors using human blockades.
  • In November 2016, authorities arrested 12 anarchist extremists after they blocked freight trains from leaving the Port of Olympia, Washington, for seven days. The trains were carrying drilling materials to North Dakota. The same month, two anarchist extremists set fire to crossties on railroad tracks, disrupting freight train activity in Atlanta for seven hours. Both actions were in opposition to the DAPL.
  • In October 2016, the FBI investigated arson attacks that damaged about $2 million of construction equipment during DAPL protests. Anarchist extremists and environmental extremists have jointly claimed responsibility for the damage, according to their respective websites.


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