Protestors oppose Trump's Keystone revival, hold march in Buffalo
30 January 2017
Buffalo in New York state yesterday witnessed a protest march against the Dakota Access pipeline. The protestors marched in solidarity with the hundreds of people at Standing Rock in North Dakota.
The local protest follows president Donald Trump's recent orders to press ahead on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. According to protestors, the projects would harm the environment and possible pollute drinking water.
The protestors carried signs and chanted slogans like ''water is life'' and ''you can't drink oil, keep it in the soil'' and according to the group, although the pipeline was several states away, the issue still resonated in Boston.
The orders that president Trump signed clear the way for renegotiating pipeline deals and ordering materials for the pipelines that would be made in the US.
According to Trump and other proponents, the pipelines would create jobs and cut reliance on foreign energy, even as, demonstrators remained firm and continued the fight to protect US' water.
On 21 January, thousands marched through downtown Colorado Springs calling for equality, fairness and human rights a day after Trump's inauguration.
The rally yesterday focused on Trump's reversing former president Barack Obama's rejection of the proposed 1,179-mile pipeline in November 2015 (See: President Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline proposal).
According various Native American tribes and activists, the project would pollute drinking water and sacred Native American cultural sites.
Ryan Barry, who organised the protest, said he wanted to raise awareness about a movement toward sustainable energy, not fossil fuel.
He added civic organisation, Unite Colorado Springs, had been standing with the people of Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota since September, adding that they were determined to protest Trump's executive actions as long as he was president.