Pipeline Protest: The New Playbook

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

By Kevin Ewing and George Felcyn, Bracewell LLP

In the last few years, the pipeline industry has been swept into an escalating whirlwind of public protest intended to challenge whether we should continue to rely on pipelines to deliver energy in the United States. Unmoved by the federal government’s assessment that “pipelines are currently still the safest means of transporting hazardous liquids and natural gas…,” opponents have become mobile, confrontational and media-savvy as they attempt to stanch the delivery of natural gas, crude and refined products to the U.S. economy. The midstream protest movement has gathered numerical force by seeking linkages to social…

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