Water protectors from the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota took to New York’s subway system last night to protest the ongoing battle with the United States government over the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL).
Protesters say construction of the pipeline violates the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and threatens North Dakota’s drinking water.
Approximately fifty water protectors and protesters gathered in Union Square Station to show New York that “Standing Rock is everywhere,” according to organizer Inspire Bank Exits. The group then headed to Grand Central Station, where it took part in song, prayer and dance on the main concourse.
Following a brief reprieve after President Obama halted construction of the pipelines last year, President Trump issued an executive order on January 24th to revive the project.
Despite the forced eviction of the protest camp on February 23, water protectors say the movement is alive and well. Pipeline resistance camps are popping up across the country, including Iowa, Florida and Texas, and water protectors are investigating how to scale the movement.
The group is also putting pressure on organizations to divest funding from the pipeline. On Monday, KLP, a Norwegian pension fund owned by Norway’s public sector employee unions, announced it would divest $47 million in Energy Transfer Partners, which owns the DAPL project, as well as investors Phillips 66, Enbridge Inc. and Marathon Petroleum Corp, citing “unacceptable risk of contributing to serious or systemic human rights violations.”
A day earlier, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to divest from banks funding the massive pipeline project.
Photo Credit: Inspire Bank Exits