Locals head to North Dakota for pipeline protest

Locals head to North Dakota for DAPL protest

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Just days after the Army Corps of Engineers delayed approval for the pipeline, protesters from West Michigan are getting involved. The pipeline will carry North Dakota oil to a shipping point in Illinois.

"It's a very quiet peaceful place everybody helps everybody," Dixie Olin said. The Grand Rapids woman just got back from Standing Rock, where she spent the last week helping those protesting.

"The water is changing us and these people are fighting -- they're physically fighting to save the water," Olin said as she fought back the tears. "That's what this is about, it's not about money it's about saving the water for the next seven generations."

Olin is one of many from the area, joining in on the cause, a number of people are heading there this holiday weekend.

"I just feel drawn to this, I want to go out there and help these people if they're going to stay out there this winter," Anne Cole, said. Cole and her mother will be heading to North Dakota with blankets, towels, and food for the protesters. Colby and Zachary Roanhorse will head there just two days prior.

"While we're there, we hope to provide our body, our services, and skills in a number of different things," Colby said. "Including childcare, medical care, even schooling."

According to the DAPL developers website, the pipeline would increase America's energy independence and improve safety to the public and environment with its transportation of crude oil. But those opposed to it say, that is not true.

"Its being built as quickly as possible and a lot of safety measures may be overlooked and there has been evidence of pipeline breaks leaks and contamination that has occurred numerous times," Colby said.

"This is about our children and our children's children, they are worth taking a stand for," Olin added.

The Associated Press reports, since August, protest at pipeline work sites, near encampments and in the Bismark-Mandan area have resulted in nearly 500 arrests. 

(© 2016 WZZM)


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