Pleading for environmental protection, Dakota Access pipeline protesters gather in downtown KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In cities nationwide, Americans stood in protest of the Dakota Access pipeline. That includes some in the metro who gathered outside the Bolling Federal Building downtown.

FOX 4 heard from several protesters who had a list of concerns, including the environmental impacts if that pipeline were to burst. Many were also standing in solidarity with Native Americans who live on a reservation in Standing Rock, North Dakota, along where the pipe line would run.

Protester John Reyna said he grew up on Standing Rock, and still has family living there. He says the river was part of daily life for him, and as far as his culture is concerned water is holy and should be protected.

“There is reverence in what the creator has given us in God given water, and it gives us the essence of life. It lets us have plants that do photosynthesis. It lets us have the things that it was designed to do,” said Reyna.

“You think why would they want to risk the water supply? Why would they consider doing it no matter where it was?” Reyna continued.

Many of the protesters pointed to other pipeline bursts saying it highlights how unsafe they are, and encourage companies to look towards transition from fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy.

Supporters for the pipeline claim shipping oil via pipeline is safer. One study says about four-to-five times safer, that it’s faster, and would create as many at 12,000 local jobs in localities along where the pipeline would lay.

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