Energy alliance focuses on pipeline attacks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An oil and gas trade association is seeking to highlight what it says is an increase in protester attacks on energy infrastructure such as oil pipelines.

The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance announced an online database Wednesday. It catalogs incidents of what the group calls "eco-terrorism, sabotage, arson, vandalism and violence."

Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard calls it "more fear-mongering by corporate bullies hoping to see what they can get away with in Trump's America."

The announcement comes two days after a bipartisan group of 84 members of Congress sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern about recent incidents.

The mounting pressure comes as protests against energy projects have spread across the country in the wake of last year's large-scale protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access pipeline.