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Protestors rally over pipeline projects

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World Pipelines,

Hundreds of Indigenous water protectors, concerned Minnesotans and activists from around the country rallied on 3 February at the US Bank Headquarters to demand that US Bank uphold its promise to divest from oil and gas pipelines, including those by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline.

The rally comes as US Bank drives a massive public relations campaign surrounding the hosting of the Super Bowl at US Bank stadium in Minneapolis. US Bank is at the centre of a growing campaign by indigenous, climate and community groups demanding it lives up to its own promises to stop financing fossil fuel projects.

In April 2017, US Bank announced its Environmental Responsibility Policy which stated the bank, "does not provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines.” Since this statement, US Bank joined credit facilities totaling US$5 billion with ETP.

In light of ETPs continuing to put communities at potential risk by building new projects like the Bayou Bridge, Mariner, Rover and Trans-Pecos pipelines, Indigenous leaders, environmental justice groups and activists rallied on the eve of the Super Bowl LII at the US Bank Headquarters to hold US Bank accountable and to demand that the bank commit to their promises and end their partnership with ETP.

The rally began with a blessing by local Indigenous leaders and was followed by a speak out which included speakers from across the nation, including members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Protesters then marched from the US Bank Headquarters to the Nicollet bridge. This was a nonviolent action, when asked to disperse by local law enforcement protesters complied.

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