Dakota Access Pipeline sparks MN protest

ND oil pipeline sparks St. Paul rally

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Several Twin Cities activist groups will join forces for a rally Tuesday as part of a push to stop progress on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Construction on the pipeline, which is scheduled to stretch more than one thousand miles from North Dakota to Illinois, has sparked protests by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. Tribal protesters say the pipeline will harm water supplies and disturb sacred sites.

The Saint Paul rally is one of more than 100 similar protests nationwide planned for Tuesday to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Tuesday's protests are being called the #NoDAPL Day of Action.

MN 350, MPIRG and other twin cities groups are organizing Tuesday's rally.

Organizers say they are planning the rally in Mears Park at 5 p.m. with a walk to the Army Corps of Engineers office after the rally.

The Army Corps of Engineers is the federal agency in charge of issuing permits for the pipeline. Organizers with MN 350 say they're hoping Tuesday's protest will put pressure on the Army Corps of Engineers to take action against the pipeline. 

"We'll be asking them to send word up that they need to take away the permit for construction, because the US Army Corps of Engineers is in a position to stop this pipeline from being built--and to say let's take another look at the environmental review," said Andy Pearson with MN 350. "Let's take another look at the tribal concerns, and let's make sure that if we're gonna do it, we'll do it right."

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