Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, a day after the U.S. government delayed granting an easement for the construction in North Dakota. Natasha Howitt reports.
Demonstrators in New York are protesting against the construction of a controversial pipeline they say could pollute water supplies and destroy sacred historical sites. The $3.7 billion project, known as the Dakota Access Pipeline, has drawn steady opposition across the country. Environmental activists and Native Americans, particularly the nearby Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have called on the government to stop it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARTY GOODMAN, RETIRED TRANSIT WORKER AND PROTESTER, SAYING: "We want to stand with the Sioux people in defending sacred land against poisonous pipelines. They're threatening millions of people in the entire region and threaten ultimately the climate of the entire planet." The companies behind the project have asked a U.S. court to intervene and stop political involvement. They say the pipeline is almost complete, and will be a safer and more efficient way to transport oil from North Dakota to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Delays so far have cost them more than $100 million.