North Dakota Access Pipeline Demonstration Held in Pensacola

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On Nov. 15, demonstrators nationwide held gatherings against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, proposed to stretch more than 1,200 miles through the Dakotas to Illinois.

In Pensacola, a peaceful group came together in hopes of raising awareness of what they say the pipeline could do to the environment.

The demonstration in the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza was peaceful.  Dozens of people came together to spread the word.

“We are all connected,” Mary Gutierrez, of Earth Action and Earth Ethics said about why people were protesting so far away from Standing Rock.

Gutierrez is one of the events organizers.  She wants people to know there are multiple reasons why people are protesting the pipelines.

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“It’s really about it being a human justice issue,” Gutierrez said.  “Not just an environmental issue, a public health issue. So, it’s important that we support each other.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Department of the Army and Interior said they needed more time before making a decision.  Some demonstrators believe that’s more reason to keep making their voices heard.

“I don’t think we can stop,” said Patricia Edminsten, who came to make sure she made an impact.  “In fact, I’moptimisticc that we will see more and more peoples from all over joining together out of concern for one another.”

Another focus on Tuesday evening is the Sabal Trail Pipeline.  The Sabal Trail Pipeline is a 515-mile long natural gas pipeline in more central parts of Florida.

“We have a similar pipeline that’s happening in Florida, not directly impacting Northwest Florida, but there is the potential for additional pipelines built which could directly impact this area,” Gutierrez said.

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When the event ends, and people go about their lives, Gutierrez believes people will know more about the pipelines.

“I’m hoping there’s an increased knowledge on both the Sabal Trail and the Dakota access pipeline,” she said.  “I’m hoping that they understand the issue and that they can become engaged.”

 

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