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Petitioning Mizuho Bank President and CEO Nobuhide Hayashi and 2 others

Japanese Big Banks: Stop funding human and environmental rights abuses at DAPL now!

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Mizuho Bank, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group are collectively investing 1.5 billion US dollars into the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at Standing Rock, USA. Two of Norway's largest banks withdrew funding from DAPL due to human rights and environmental abuses. Sign this petition to urge these Japanese banks to do the same!

In a historic move of solidarity, over 500 indigenous nations and up to 10,000 supporters a week have joined DAPL protests with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. The United Nations and human rights groups are condemning this 3.8 billion dollar project for its assault on indigenous survival, sacred sites and the environment. Thanks to the Water Protectors and global solidarity, pipeline construction is temporarily halted under US federal law. While a huge victory, the fight is far from over.

On December 4th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a necessary permit for the pipeline development. Energy Transfer Partners are belligerently vowing to continue building, declaring they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting… Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.” As the Water Protectors face extreme winter weather, international pressure and divestment is urgently needed.

If completed, this inter-state 1,172 mile pipeline would pump an estimated 17,000 gallons of crude oil per minute (570,000 barrels/day) through treaty-guaranteed lands and hundreds of waterways. This would threaten the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s only source of water and the water supply for over 17 million people.

It isn’t a question of IF the pipeline will leak, but WHEN. The companies involved have a track record for building pipelines that leak. The Canadian company Enbridge, which owns 49% equity in DAPL, is responsible for 804 pipeline spills of approximately 161,475 barrels of oil in North America.

DAPL is being built to transport fracked crude oil. Fracking involves drilling kilometer-long wells into the earth, past aquifers, to reach rock formations. Oil and gas is produced by shattering the rocks with millions of gallons of highly pressurized water mixed with chemicals. Groundwater contamination risk is high, damage irreversible, and Native American communities are disproportionately impacted.

In harsh winter conditions, prayer camps established this April, remain the only reliable thing blocking the bulldozing of sacred Native American lands. Testimonies and video have shown militarized police enacting extreme violence against unarmed protesters. The police have fired teargas canisters, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, tasers, bean bag rounds and water cannons in sub-zero weather, drawing world-wide criticism.

Rerouting DAPL will not resolve the threats to humans or the environment. All eyes are on Standing Rock and the movement continues to grow, but time is running out. Energy Transfer Partners will seemingly do anything to push human and environmental rights out of the way.

The DAPL  pipeline is contrary to Mizuho's own stated human rights values. For example  Mizuho policy states that they "take steps to assess the impact of new activities and products on human rights... [and] have established a system that periodically examines these on the light of established criteria from the point of view of human rights." The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Sumitomo Mitsui Bank have similar policies.

There is something we can do here in Japan!

As bank account holders in Japan, we can demand they stop investing in human rights abuses and put people and the environment first. Sign the petition now. Keep oil in the ground! Invest in sustainable energy!

More information: 

How Indigenous Activists in Norway Got the First Bank to Pull Out of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Detailed report submitted to Norwegian Banks on human rights abuses

Banks invested in DAPL (Food & Water Watch)

Banks invested in DAPL (Yes! Magazine)

Mizuho CSR Report

What's next at Standing Rock? (Honor the Earth)

 

We will deliver the following petition text on January 10, 2017:

"We, the undersigned, are concerned about the documented human and environmental rights abuses taking place at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Countless organizations, including the United Nations, have condemned the abuses carried out by Energy Transfer Partners towards the Standing Rock Sioux nation and their many supporters, who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

As bank account holders in Japan, we ask that you stand by your stated principles of protecting human rights and discontinue all investments and loans to Energy Transfer Partners and the Dakota Access Pipeline now."

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Mizuho Bank President and CEO Nobuhide Hayashi
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ CEO and President Nobuyuki Hirano
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Chairman of the Board Koichi Miyata

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