Send a message to TD Bank

Divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline and Trans Mountain Pipeline Now!

The land is not ours to ruin

Here is a one-page letter TD customers can use to demand TD Bank divest from DAPL and Kinder Morgan. Scroll down for a letter anyone (including non-customers) can send. Check out an expanded version of the letter with thorough footnotes and links here.

Customer Letter

Download this letter as a document file you can modify yourself.
Bring the letter into your branch, or mail it to the address and e-mail accounts listed below.

Bob Dorrance, CEO TD Securities
Bharat Masran, CEO TD Bank Group
Brian M. Levitt, Chairman of the Board, TD Bank Group
Kerry Peacock, Executive Vice President & Indigenous Peoples Committee Chair
P.O. Box 1, TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington Street W
Toronto, Ontario, M5K 1A2
customer.care@td.com; tdir@td.com (TD Investor Relations)

Dear Bob Dorrance, Bharat Masran, Brian M. Levitt, and Kerry Peacock:

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a massive fracked-oil pipeline spear-headed by Energy Transfer Partners. It is opposed by the Meskwaki in Iowa and the Sioux in North Dakota because it threatens their ancestral lands and waters, including sacred sites and burial grounds.

Nevertheless, Energy Transfer Partners has ignored this opposition, failing to consult with the Sioux and Meskwaki, as is required under federal and international law. The project is in violation of treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate, which recognize the sovereignty of the Sioux nation. Peaceful protests organized by the Standing Rock Sioux have been met with human rights abuses by police and private security forces – abuses reminiscent of brutal Civil Rights-era repression. Not only that, by running under the Missouri River, DAPL threatens the freshwater supply of over eight million people.

Similarly, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the pipeline’s capacity for transporting oil from the Alberta tarsands to the BC Coast. It is opposed by the Tsleil-Waututh, Suquamish, Kwantlen, and Coldwater First Nations. They have not been meaningfully consulted, only offered a chance to rubberstamp and give suggestions for ‘improvement’ to the project. The pipeline will see diluted bitumen pass through environmentally-sensitive areas like the Strait of Juan de Fuca, threatening endangered species like killer whales.

The TD Bank Group is a major investor in DAPL – $360 million, all told– and the biggest Canadian supporter of the project. It is helping Kinder Morgan find funding for its $6.8 billion expansion project.

Both of these pipelines will worsen climate change – the greatest current threat to human civilization and life on this planet. They will lock us in a dirty and unproductive carbon economy. Across the continent, over 122 Indigenous nations have signed a treaty agreement opposing oilsands expansion on their territory, offering to work instead to build a sustainable economy. This means that investing in oil and pipelines as as bad for business as it is for the environment. Divesting is the financially and ethically responsible thing to do. Doing this would mean TD would actually be, in the words of your own Corporate Responsibility policy, “an environmental leader,” committed to “protect and promote human rights throughout our operations” and to the principle of “Free, Prior and Informed consent… [as] enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.”

As a client of your bank, I demand you divest from DAPL and abandon your support for Kinder Morgan. If you do not withdraw your investments from these projects, I will withdraw all my money from my accounts and funds with TD. I plan on encouraging friends and family to do the same.

I support Indigenous self-determination and the honouring of treaties, and hope you will do the same.

Sincerely,
____________________________________________
Date: ______________________


Individual Letter

This version is for anyone concerned by TD’s investments in DAPL and the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Download the letter as a Word document file you can modify yourself.
Bring the letter into the nearest TD branch, or mail it to the address and e-mail accounts listed below.

Bob Dorrance, CEO TD Securities
Bharat Masran, CEO TD Bank Group
Brian M. Levitt, Chairman of the Board, TD Bank Group
Kerry Peacock, Executive Vice President & Indigenous Peoples Committee Chair
P.O. Box 1, TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington Street W
Toronto, Ontario, M5K 1A2
customer.care@td.com; tdir@td.com (TD Investor Relations)

Dear Bob Dorrance, Bharat Masran, Brian M. Levitt, and Kerry Peacock:

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a massive fracked-oil pipeline spear-headed by Energy Transfer Partners. It is opposed by the Meskwaki in Iowa and the Sioux in North Dakota because it threatens their ancestral lands and waters, including sacred sites and burial grounds.

Nevertheless, Energy Transfer Partners has ignored this opposition, failing to consult with the Sioux and Meskwaki, as is required under federal and international law. The project is in violation of treaties ratified by the U.S. Senate, which recognize the sovereignty of the Sioux nation. Peaceful protests organized by the Standing Rock Sioux have been met with human rights abuses by police and private security forces – abuses reminiscent of brutal Civil Rights-era repression. Not only that, by running under the Missouri River, DAPL threatens the freshwater supply of over eight million people.

Similarly, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion project would triple the pipeline’s capacity for transporting oil from the Alberta tarsands to the BC Coast. It is opposed by the Tsleil-Waututh, Suquamish, Kwantlen, and Coldwater First Nations. They have not been meaningfully consulted, only offered a chance to rubberstamp and give suggestions for ‘improvement’ to the project. The pipeline will see diluted bitumen pass through environmentally-sensitive areas like the Strait of Juan de Fuca, threatening endangered species like killer whales.

The TD Bank Group is a major investor in DAPL – $360 million, all told– and the biggest Canadian supporter of the project. It is helping Kinder Morgan find funding for its $6.8 billion expansion project.

Both of these pipelines will worsen climate change – the single greatest contemporary threat to human civilization and life on this planet. They will lock us in a dirty and unproductive carbon economy. Across the continent, over 122 Indigenous nations have signed a treaty agreement opposing oilsands expansion on their territory, offering to work instead to build a sustainable economy. This means that investing in oil and pipelines as as bad for business as it is for the environment. Divesting is the financially and ethically responsible thing to do. Doing this would mean TD would actually be, in the words of your own Corporate Responsibility policy, “an environmental leader,” committed to “protect and promote human rights throughout our operations” and to the principle of “Free, Prior and Informed consent… [as] enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.”

As a concerned individual, I demand you divest from DAPL and abandon your support for Kinder Morgan. I will support the divestment movement in my community and workplace, and encourage friends and family to stop patronizing your bank and financial services.

I support Indigenous self-determination and the honouring of treaties, and hope you will do the same.

Sincerely,

____________________________________________

Date: ______________________

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