A protest at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday to oppose Bank of America’s financial support for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota is in an ongoing legal battle to stop the pipeline.
Organizers of the protest say they’re highlighting Bank of America’s financial stake in the project. However, most of the funding is from Citibank, the tribe says.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been locked in a legal battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from affecting it’s cultural, water and natural resources. The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,168-mile-long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois.
Critics of the pipeline say the Army Corps of Engineers has approved several sections of the process without fully satisfying the National Historic Preservation Act, various environmental statutes and its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The current proposed pipeline route crosses under Lake Oahe, just a half mile up from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Tribal members believe the pipeline and its construction could damage the water supply of the reservation.
The tribe wants the Army Corps of Engineers, the White House and Congress to halt the easement to protect waters and sacred places.