Hundreds protest Dakota Access pipeline in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Activists opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline gathered in Civic Center Plaza before marching along Market Street and blocking a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers building in San Francisco Tuesday morning.

Hundreds gathered in the plaza outside of City Hall in protest of the proposed North Dakota pipeline that opponents say could pollute drinking water, including on land occupied by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

The activists then marched to the Army Corps of Engineers’ San Francisco district headquarters at 1455 Market St. between 10th and 11th streets. Some protesters stood in the middle of Market Street, blocking traffic, while others blocked the doorway to the building.

The group is protesting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, saying that the pipeline is a disaster for Native America land.

The pipeline would traverse several acres of Native American land in the Dakotas and Montana, Illinois and Iowa.

Activists fear the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline could harm cultural sites and drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

Over the summer, the US Army Corp of Engineers approved the $3.8 billion pipeline.

Protesters in San Francisco say it’s important to draw more attention to this controversial project.

The protest was organized by groups including Diablo Rising Tide and Idle No More SF Bay and is part of a nationwide day of action against the pipeline, according to Idle No More organizer Isabella Zizi.

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