Protest against Dakota oil pipeline held in Providence

(Matthew Beltz/WPRI)
(Matthew Beltz/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Dozens of people gathered in Providence to stand in solidarity against a pipeline project in North Dakota.

The crowd gathered in the Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street at noon, holding signs and playing music.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline stretches some 1,200 miles across four states and has drawn objections from several groups, including the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, who argue that the pipeline would endanger drinking water and cultural sites on tribal lands.

A large protest has been underway for weeks in Cannonball, North Dakota, and tribal leaders asked those who couldn’t make it out to the site to hold their own protests to show their solidarity.