Vt. activists protest ND pipeline project

November 16, 2016 GMT


There were protests in Vermont Tuesday over a big pipeline project in North Dakota.

A march through Montpelier was part of demonstrations taking place across the country.

The protesters oppose a pipeline set to run underneath the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe says the pipeline threatens drinking water and cultural sites. Protests have been ongoing for months on tribal lands.

Organizers say echoing the tribe’s call for change could create a movement and make the difference.


“There are a lot of people who are coming out into the street for the first time now, and this is what it’s going to take to stop the pipeline,” said Stuart Blood, who organized the demonstration.

Leaders on the ground here in Vermont say the election of Donald Trump only further cements the need to mobilize opposition efforts. Here at home, they hope Vermont’s government can lean on one of its banks. TD Bank is helping to finance the pipeline and protesters want the state to convince the bank to get out of the project.

Activists also gathered outside the Army Corps of Engineers offices in Essex Junction Tuesday morning. The Army Corps is in charge of granting permits for the Dakota Access oil pipeline.