The Unitarian Universalist Association has joined in a shareholder action to press Marathon Patroleum for more information on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), in which it is an investor, according to the Saint Paul Interfaith Network's blog Healing Minnesota Stories (January 25, 2017). "The UUA has joined in a shareholder action to press Marathon for more information on the pipeline," the blog reports. "This is not divestment, but it is needed pressure; it is a possible step toward divestment if investors find the answers unsatisfactory."
The Trump administration announced yesterday it would try to expedite construction of the pipeline, which the Army Corps of Engineers suspended in December after sustained protests by Native Americans.
The post about the UUA's sharedholder action ends with two questions:
- How long will it before shareholders get an answer — and what if anything could Marathon say about the pipeline that might change the UUA’s mind about the project and its impact on Standing Rock?
- As the project now gains momentum, what if any next steps will emerge from the UUA or other faith communities that have committed to Stand with Standing Rock? Will they divest or take other substantive action?
See our earlier coverage of UU support for the Native-led protests of the DAPL at Standing Rock:
- UUs support Standing Rock Sioux in water protection action (October 3, 2016)
- More than 50 UU clergy join action at Standing Rock (November 7, 2016)
- Unitarian Universalist allies cheer Standing Rock victory (December 12, 2016)