Protestors expressed their opposition outside of Norman City Hall on Wednesday when the board ruled not to appeal a permit granted to Plains All American Pipeline for its Red River Pipeline in Oklahoma.
“This is about water quality. This is about protecting wildlife. This is about combating systemic environmental racism,” protest organizer Casey Holcomb told a local news source.
Tribe leaders and members also attended the protest and explained they do not want the pipeline running through their sacred land.
Plains All American sent a statement to News Channel 4 saying it is “committed to designing, constructing, operating and maintaining the Red River Pipeline in a safe and reliable manner, meeting or exceeding the required safety, design, and construction and operating standards.”
The company also noted that the route selected was meant to minimize impact to the environment.
The anti-pipeline group “Stop the Plains All American Pipeline” said it plans to appeal the board’s decision to allow a permit for a stream crossing east of the Lake Thunderbird Dam.