Standing Rock Protest Against Oil Pipeline Spreads To Washington D.C. Today
The Standing Rock Sioux are taking a stand.
This spring, it was announced that the Enbridge oil pipeline company, which has a record of disastrous pipeline leaks, would be constructing a new pipeline to carry crude oil across the Missouri River just upstream of their reservation in North Dakota. In response the Standing Rock Sioux have established a protest encampment to block construction on the project. Other native groups caught word of the demonstration, and formed caravans of thousands of people now traveling from across the nation to join the protest. A group of Standing Rock youth are also running a relay of 1,500 miles to deliver a petition against the pipeline to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
To try to stamp out the protest, the North Dakota Department of Homeland Security has cut off running water to the camp.
Today, the Standing Rock Sioux lawsuit is receiving a hearing in a U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. In coordination with this hearing, supporters of the Standing Rock protesters and of the human right of clean water will come together outside the courthouse at 333 Constitution Avenue NW.
The protest begins at 1:00 this afternoon, and goes until 5:00.