Demonstrators against the ‘Dakota pipeline’ take part in a ‘Day of Action’ against its construction, but the oil transport company sees otherwise. Gavino Garay reports.
Protesters say Dakota pipeline will ‘kill’
Protesters against the construction of an oil pipeline from North Dakota to the U.S. Gulf Coast took their message to the White House as part of a national “day of action.”
Protests like the one in Washington were held across some 30 U.S. states.
Activists like Jasilyn Charger say the so-called ‘Dakota pipeline’ would prove deadly to Native Americans.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, JASILYN CHARGER, SAYING:
“This pipeline, it’s poison. It’s poison and it’s going to kill us.”
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has ancient burial and prayer sites near to where the pipeline would be constructed.
The Obama administration recently decided to block construction on federal land after a U.S. District Court judge rejected a request from Native Americans for a court order to block the project.
Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls for an even tougher response.
(SOUNDBITE) FORMER U.S. DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BERNIE SANDERS SAYING:
“Further administration action is needed. That is why I am calling on President Obama today to ensure that this pipeline gets a full environmental and cultural impact analysis.”
Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, says it is committed to completing the construction of the pipeline and it’s ‘safe’ operation… though that pledge is likely to be met with further protest.