Protest against Dakota Access Pipeline held in Denver

DENVER -- Organizers held a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday night at the Four Winds American Indian Council in Denver.

Protests took place across the country as part of a national day of action “calling on President Obama to reject this dirty and dangerous proposal,” organizers said in a statement.

“Over 100 solidarity events are planned in 35 cities urging President Obama to stop it once and for all by rejecting the permit,” organizers said.

Events were also organized in Fort Collins and Boulder.

“If constructed, the Dakota Access pipeline would carry fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois, cutting under the Missouri River less than a mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux’s drinking water supply as well as through the Tribe’s sacred and historical land,” said Micah Parkin with 350 Colorado. “This pipeline is a threat to Native heritage, their homes, and will be a climate disaster.”

People opposed to the $3.7 billion project held a rally and march in Denver on Thursday.

The 1,172-mile pipeline has a capacity to transport more than 500 million barrels of oil a day through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois.

Last week, a federal judge ordered construction to be temporarily stopped on part of the pipeline.

On Thursday, a federal judge said work could resume on the pipeline, saying the permits did not violate federal law and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe failed to show how it would cause injury.

But moments after the judge's ruling, the Army Corps of Engineers agreed it would review the permits previously granted, saying opponents raised a number of valid concerns.

The Corps said it will move quickly to make a final determination about the portion of the project near the reservation.

Tuesday's protest in Denver involved representatives of Four Winds American Indian Council, American Indian Movement of Colorado, Mile High Unity, Denver American Indian Commission and Cafe Cultura, Fourth World Center, Indigenous Peoples Power Project, Black Mesa Denver Caravan, Lakota Healing Way Center, Owe Aku International Bring Back The Way, 350 Colorado, Sierra Club, Clean Energy Action and more, according to organizers.