SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday in support of efforts to divest from banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The board approved a resolution introduced by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer urging City Treasurer Jose Cisneros to add the Dakota Access Pipeline to the list of screening factors he considers when making city investment decisions.

Nearly 14 percent of the city’s portfolio, or about $1.2 billion, is currently invested with issuers that provide financing to the project, according to Fewer.

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Cisneros has previously released a statement saying he would consider adding the pipeline to the city’s socially responsible investment matrix, a tool used to screen investment choices, during an annual update in October.

Fewer’s resolution urges Cisneros to act “with expediency.”

Other cities including Seattle, Alameda, Santa Monica and Davis have passed legislation looking at divestment from institutions financing the pipeline.

Fewer said the resolution paves the way for San Francisco to become the first city to actually withdraw funds from companies financing the pipeline.

“Let’s hope that our action today in passing this resolution adds volume to the voices across the country condemning the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Fewer said.

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Comments (34)
  1. So, Newshawks, what banks would they be?

  2. Andreas Webb says:

    A couple months back when they arrested 150 or so protesters it was found that most of them don’t even live in ND and there happened to be quite a few from California and Washington. Their goals have little to do with the tribes and much more to do with the “keep it in the ground” campaign.

    I find that amusing, since California, Washington and Oregon together burn roughly 2.5 million barrels of oil per day and these states only produce around 500K barrels per day (nearly all production is in California). This means that, combined, those three states are dependent on importing 2 million barrels of crude oil PER DAY to keep their economies moving. Now, the majority of that oil comes from Canada, the Middle East and Alaska, however, over the last several years, oil production in Alaska has declined. Anyone want to take a guess where they’ve been getting some of the oil since then? North Dakota.

    On the side of the protesters, and apparently the California government, there seems to be a complete failure to comprehend the oil dependency and economics of their own states/region much less the entire country. What a band of fools.