Pipeline protesters arrested outside Providence bank

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two protesters who tried to block an entrance to the TD Bank on Westminster Street in Providence Thursday morning were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

The demonstrators were protesting the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. They claim TD Bank is one of the main lenders of the project.

TD Bank released a statement Thursday in response:

“TD supports responsible energy development. We employ due diligence in our lending and investing activities relating to energy production. We also work with our customers, community and environment groups, and energy clients to better understand key issues of concern, and to promote informed dialogue.

“Our oil and gas sector lending represents less than 1% of our total lending portfolio.”

Police confirmed Laura Borth, 24, of Weymouth, Mass., and Steve Davis, 30, of Rockport, Mass., were charged with disorderly conduct.

The group claiming to have organized the protest told Eyewitness News they are in solidarity with a North Dakota Native American tribe affected by the pipeline construction project, which the tribe says threatens sacred sites and the Missouri River.