Protestors Demand Leader of Dakota Access Pipeline to Leave Environmental Commission

Stephen F. Austin State Park, Texas © Collin Hile

Stephen F. Austin State Park, Texas © Collin Hile

Protestors want the president and chief executive of the pipeline company leading the Dakota Access oil pipeline to resign effective immediately from his position as a commissioner for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Protestors met in Austin, Texas on Thursday during a meeting of the Parks and Wildlife commission waving banners and demanding that Energy Transfer Partners’ Kelcy Warren step down from his position with the Texas parks and wildlife.

Energy Transfer Partners is building the Dakota Access pipeline, a roughly 1,200-mile, $3.8 billion oil pipeline that will travel from North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa, and end in Illinois. The pipeline has been under severe scrutiny since July as Native Americans and other environmentalists have joined together along the pipeline route in efforts to stop its construction.

Kelcy Warren was appointed last year to the commission of Texas Parks and Wildlife by Governor Greg Abbott.