Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are spreading as local tribes in Colorado Springs practiced peaceful protests on Thursday against the $3.8 billion pipeline project that will run through North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois.
A Rosebud Sioux member, friends, and family marched, sang, and played instruments through Colorado Springs’ Acacia Park to show their support for the hundreds of other tribe members who are protesting against the line near the North and South Dakota border.
Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access pipeline is designed to move oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It is also planned to travel underneath the Missouri River, a main water source for many communities.
The Sioux Tribe and other supporting tribes say a spill or leak would be detrimental to its water supply. They are also concerned with the pipeline’s path through sacred grounds.
Landowners have also voiced opposition about the pipeline’s path through their properties.
Construction has been stopped until a federal court can discuss a lawsuit that has been filed by landowners against the pipeline owners.
Energy Transfer has warned that delaying construction could cost it more than $100 million but has agreed to stop construction until further notice.
The Colorado Springs Gazette