As turmoil against the Dakota Access Bakken Pipeline continues, a group of Native American teens plans a run across the country to deliver a petition against the pipeline to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The teens, which are a part of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, strongly believe the Bakken Pipeline threatens the nearby Missouri River, posing as a ticking clock for water contamination. As a result, 30 teens are traveling more than 1,000 miles along the pipeline route, making their way to The Capitol.
"We wanted to start bringing awareness across the states about this pipeline that's trying to go through our lands," said the run's organizer Bobbi Jean Three Legs. "It's not just a native issue, it's a non-native issue. This is everybody's water."
Their petition against the Bakken Pipeline has about 140,000 signatures, and the teens plan to move the petition to Washington D.C. by August 6.
The Bakken Pipeline is a 1,172-mile oil pipeline that will run underneath a sacred American Indian burial ground in northwest Iowa, connecting from North Dakota to Illinois. It will transport approximately 450,000 barrels per day with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day.