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Rockefeller Family Fund to Convene Anti-Pipeline Strategy Meeting

Elana Schor for Politico:

The Rockefeller Family Fund will convene a meeting of environmental and landowner groups in Atlanta next week to craft a strategy to fight the use of eminent domain for pipelines and other fossil-fuel infrastructure, POLITICO has learned.

The gathering comes as President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline last year continues to reverberate throughout the fossil-fuel industry and the environmental movement, stoking new regional skepticism of oil and gas transportation projects. The Rockefeller fund’s attention to the issue is likely to raise alarms among industry officials and lobbyists who view the fund and the larger Rockefeller Brothers Fund – which have both announced plans to divest from fossil fuels – as influential players in steering liberal tactics to fight climate change.

Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb, whose anti-eminent domain group recently opened affiliates to Iowa, Louisiana and Oklahoma, says the Atlanta meeting will bring together landowners, lawyers and nonprofit leaders.

“Property rights have been trampled on for too long, and there is real momentum around pulling in unlikely alliances to get major changes accomplished at the local and national level,” Kleeb said.

Others expected at the meeting include representatives from Earthjustice, Food and Water Watch and Oil Change International, a smaller green group that gained prominence during the six-year Keystone battle.

Cathy Kunkel, a West Virginia-based analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis think tank, will address the group on “financial risk in pipeline overbuild,” an IEEFA spokesman said. She released research in April that questioned the financial necessity of the proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline projects, which transport gas from the Appalachian shale region.


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