QC clergy protest Dakota Access Pipeline

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Some people in the Quad Cities are among those trying to get in the way of the controversial Bakken Pipeline.
 
Some local pastors are trying to stop the nearly four billion dollar project.
 
Supporters of the pipeline, say it will boost the economy, but opponents say it will destroy land and pollute water.
 
Local 4’s Krista Burris shows why local pastors are fighting to stop the project.
 
“I’m responding to a call that’s gone out to all clergy across the united states to join with the protestors in standing rock,” said Isham. 
 
Reverend doctor Christine Isham is the pastor of Edwards United Church of Christ.
 
Isham says she’s afraid the Native Americans aren’t being fairly considered in the course of this project.
 
“To me it feels like there is an injustice going on here… that people who are concerned about their water, who are concerned about the place where they live, are not being respected,” said Isham. 
 
The Dakota Access Pipeline will run underground from North Dakota and stretch southeast into South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
 
Proponents of the pipeline say it will boost the economy, add thousands of jobs and make the u-s less reliant on foreign oil.
 
Isham says she’s protesting to raise awareness about the potential effects of the project.
 
“By going and being there with many other clergy that we can bring some national attention to this, that we can bring some of our own experiences to back after the event and bring more awareness into our community,” said Isham. 
 
Metropolitan Community Church Pastor, Rich Hendricks was arrested in late September, and he protested again on the day of his court date less than two weeks ago.
 
“I stated that I was, I humbly stand with mother earth to plead guilty to the charge of trespassing,” said Hendricks
 
Both pastors want people to understand that the pipeline can still effect us even it doesn’t run directly through the Quad Cities.
 
“It affects our drinking water and our soil quality. That affects everybody,” said Hendricks. 
 
Reverend Isham says she’s heading to North Dakota early tomorrow morning.
 
The group will get nonviolent protest training on Wednesday,
 
And the actual protest is Thursday.
 
 

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