Chicagoans show support for fight against oil pipeline in North Dakota

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CHICAGO -- More than 300 people were protesting a proposed pipeline being constructed across four states and near Native American land Saturday, demonstrating near Federal Plaza in the Loop and then and marching to Trump Tower in downtown Chicago.

The protest was a peaceful one, as demonstrators want their message to stop construction on the pipeline. They marched to the building named after Trump because they say the president-elect could put a stop to it.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) runs through four states, including Illinois.  Demonstrators here are standing, they say, in solidarity with members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, where they have been protesting its construction under the Missouri River just a mile from their reservation.

Some of the protests have turned ugly and included many arrests.  They say it could impact their drinking water and disturbed scared cultural sites.  The Army Corps of Engineers has granted permits to Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners to build the nearly $4 billion dollar pipeline.  Protesters are hoping public pressure will stop the pipeline’s construction.

“The DAPL pipeline is a symbol of all that is terrifying and awful about the trajectory of human kind t this point.  We are dismantling our environment, we need to move away from big oil [and] stop destroying our environment,” said protester Geberial Deitz.

“There are more solutions than polluting technologies today that we can rely on for energy today, and to put giant in pipeline is to secure the reliance on oil,” said protester Danielle Mountian.

“When I heard the call of the Women Warriors and the Water Protectors, those are my family out there, that’s where I’m from, and I’m there to help people have clean drinking water for future generations,” said Al Eastman, a Lakota Tribe member.

On the 15th this group plans to deliver 50,000 letters to the Army Corps of Engineers with hopes of stopping the pipeline.