Tucsonans gather to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline - Tucson News Now

Tucsonans gather to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline

Dakota pipeline protesters in Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now) Dakota pipeline protesters in Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A crowd of people gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the Bank of America building downtown Wednesday evening. 

This pipeline has been the source of controversy over the fact that it would cut though sacred tribal land and impact drinking water.

A local organization called "Rising Tide" organized Wednesday's protest. 

Dan Beckman, member of Rising Tide, said the protest was aimed at creating awareness, and showing support for the hundreds of people who have been protesting in North Dakota. 

"People are getting arrested, locking themselves to construction equipment. So, people are really putting their bodies on the line out there. Across the country, there has really been a movement to show solidarity and show that people care and are watching," Beckman said. 

Maria Aparicio, a Tucson resident said this pipeline is just one part of a larger issue that needs to be addressed. 

"It's a prayer for the waters. With global climate change and whatnot, a lot of waters are in danger. Specifically here in Southern Arizona, there is the Santa Cruz River and the San Pedro River which are endangered," Aparicio said. "For over 500 years, we indigenous people have been protecting our land, and nothing is going to stop us." 

Pennelys Droz, a Tucson resident in attendance also agreed this controversy is a part of a bigger picture.

"What is happening in Standing Rock just a very, very small example of what is happening all over the world. You can work with cities, you can work with companies, you can work with people to actually change our infrastructure so that we don't need to.. we don't need to be exploiting people and the land in the way we've been doing all of these years." 

The Dakota Access Pipeline would span four states and 1,172 miles. It would transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day. 

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