What if Pipeline Companies Behaved Like Their Political Enemies?

A protester pours gasoline on a fire blocking North Dakota Highway. 1806 on Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball, N.D. Protesters to the Dakota Access Pipeline were attempting to keep law enforcement officers from pushing them off the road and out of their camp. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week, there was a lot of heavy breathing in the news media over a statement from Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, which made it seem like they might defy a court order to shut the line down.

That lasted for a hot minute. After the reports, ETP clarified that they weren’t going rogue. They are operating as normal as they seek an appeal of the court’s decision.

Still, the situation got me thinking.

What would happen if ETP adopted the tactics of its political enemies?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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